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Three Ex-Officers to Be Tried in March

November 21, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Three former Oakland police officers accused of beating suspects and planting evidence will face a March trial, a judge decided.

Chuck Mabanag, Jude Siapno and Matthew Hornung have pleaded innocent to more than 60 felony and misdemeanor counts ranging from kidnapping to falsifying reports. They allegedly were part of a police crew that called itself "The Riders" and reportedly abused west Oakland residents during the summer of 2000.

Siapno's attorney, Bill Rapoport, said defense lawyers will seek a change of venue.

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