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No Federal Charges Against Maplewood Police Officers Who Beat Man on Live Television

No Federal Charges Against Maplewood Police Officers
Created: 5/15/2007
By Mike Owens

(KSDK) - The videotape shocked St. Louisans, images of a man being arrested by police from St. Louis and Maplewood. It appeared the police were beating the man for no reason. The images came from not one, but two television news helicopters.
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The U. S. Department of Justice launched an investigation and Tuesday ruled that the rights of the suspect, Edmon Burns, were not violated.

Burns was sitting in a Maplewood gas station parking lot, in his van, early on the morning of Jan. 30, 2006. Police were called to a report of a suspicious person and when they tried to talk to Burns, he sped off, leading police on a chase through the county and into the city. There, he was stopped and then ran from his van. Eventually he was tackled by police officers, who used batons, fists and feet to subdue him.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department declined to prosecute the officers, saying there was "insufficient evidence."

The lawyer for the three Maplewood officers says he wasn't surprised, saying he fully expected that to happen.

Chet Pleban downplayed the significance of the videotapes, saying different angles showed different things. Pleban says video angles is the reason why the National Football League uses instant replays sparingly.

Pleban says the three officers were paid during the 16-month long investigation, but their lives have changed: one officer change careers, one retired and the third is still on medical leave from the arrest.

The Rev. B.T. Rice, speaking for the St. Louis County chapter of the NAACP, says it's outrageous that the Justice Department didn't see what everyone else did, that Burns took a beating at the hands of police officers.

Rice says the exoneration of the officers will make it more difficult for the community to work with police in eliminating all crimes. He says the ruling reinforces the feeling of a double standard: white police officers avoid prosecution. But if the tables were turned, charges would be filed.

The fourth officer involved, a St. Louis city patrolman still works for the department.

Meanwhile, Burns served time in prison after the arrest on an unrelated, previous charge.

Now, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch says he may now file charges of assault against Burns for fighting with officers.
 
 

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Re: No Federal Charges Against Maplewood Police Officers Who Beat Man on Live Television

shorter pleban: who ya going to believe... me or your lyin' eyes?
 

Re: No Federal Charges Against Maplewood Police Officers Who Beat Man on Live Television

Does this really surprise anyone? If there's going to be any justice here, it's up to individuals to seek it. The courts won't punish the officers, so someone else will have to. L.A. rioted following the acquittal of the thugs who beat Rodney King. But at least they were charged. The Maplewood & St. Louis cops were never going to see the inside of a courtroom, and that's a shame. They all deserve the same type of beating they felt they could get away with.
 

Re: No Federal Charges Against Maplewood Police Officers Who Beat Man on Live Television

Let this this be a lesson to us all, Dont Run From The Police.
 

Re: No Federal Charges Against Maplewood Police Officers Who Beat Man on Live Television

Free Kevin Johnson.
 

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