Jury acquits white ex-deputy in black suspect’s 2014 beating

An officer in Florida accused of beating a black suspect has been acquitted by an all-white jury.

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — An all-white federal jury has found a white Florida sheriff’s deputy not guilty in the beating of an unarmed black man who was being arrested.

Jesse Alan Terrell was one of five former Marion County Sheriff’s deputies prosecuted by the federal government for beating Derrick Price during a 2014 arrest on drug charges.

The other deputies pleaded guilty and await sentencing. Each testified against Terrell.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports the eight women and four men took less than two hours Friday to acquit Terrell. He had been charged with deprivation of civil rights under color of law. He faced up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

In closing arguments, U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley said Price had surrendered before the “excessive and unreasonable” beating.

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