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Officer Is Acquitted in Death of Black Man

November 03, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A white Cincinnati police officer was acquitted of misdemeanor assault in the case of a black man who died last year after a struggle with officers.

A jury deliberated two hours before clearing Patrick Caton, one of two officers charged after Roger Owensby Jr.'s death.

Police had stopped Owensby on Nov. 7 to ask him about drug trafficking. Officers said he fled and was wrestled to the ground and handcuffed. He died of asphyxiation while in custody.

A coroner ruled the death a homicide, saying asphyxiation could have been caused by a choke hold or the weight of officers piling on and smothering Owensby.

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