- Associated Press - Saturday, November 19, 2016

MIAMI (AP) - A Miami jury cleared three Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies accused of using excessive force in a beating that left a 20-year-old man with a fractured skull and other injuries.

The Sun-Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/2fruBmK) the jury made its decision Friday.

Deputies Dimitri French, Eddy Hernandez and Todd Yoder were accused in a civil lawsuit of using excessive force that fractured Bryan Atkinson’s skull in 2013.

Each deputy said there wasn’t a beating.

Atkinson, now 24, told jurors he ran from police in a panic over an illegal vehicle tag but came to his senses, fell to his hands and knees and surrendered. He said that’s when the trio of deputies converged, kicking, punching and stomping him until he passed out.


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