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The Defendants

April 30, 1992|Times researcher Cecilia Rasmussen

The four officers on trial and the charges filed against them:

SGT. STACEY CORNELL KOON

Age 41, the ranking supervisor at the scene, a 14-year veteran at the time of the beating. His job history shows that he was suspended for five days but did not appeal to the department's Board of Rights, so no public record of the case is available.

Koon was indicted on four charges:

* Assault with a deadly weapon: Not Guilty * Assault under color of authority: Not Guilty * Filing a false police report: Not Guilty * Accessory after the fact: Not Guilty

OFFICER LAURENCE MICHAEL POWELL

Age 29, a 3 1/2-year veteran, accused of striking the most baton blows on King and of mocking him afterward. No history of using excessive force.

Powell was indicted on three charges:

* Assault with a deadly weapon and enhancement*: Not Guilty * Assault under color of authority and enhancement*: Mistrial * Filing false police report: Not Guilty

OFFICER THEODORE JOSEPH BRISENO

Age 39, a 10-year veteran, accused of a single kick to King, pitted himself against his three colleagues by testifying they were "out of control." In 1987, he was suspended without pay for 66 days after a police Board of Rights found him guilty on four counts of using excessive force.

Briseno was indicted on two charges:

* Assault with a deadly weapon: Not Guilty * Assault under color of authority: Not Guilty

PROBATIONARY OFFICER TIMOTHY EDWARD WIND

Age 32, he had one year with the department and was the only officer who chose not to take the witness stand. No history of using excessive force.

Wind was indicted on two charges:

* Assault with a deadly weapon and enhancement*: Not Guilty * Assault under color of authority and enhancement*: Not Guilty * Enhancement (great bodily injury)

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