Former Louisiana officer convicted of beating and kicking non-violent vagrancy suspect in 2019

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A former Louisiana police officer was convicted of federal charges for using what prosecutors said was life-threatening force against a nonviolent suspect in August 2019.

Former Shreveport officer Dylan Hudson was found guilty on Thursday of disenfranchising a man by using force during an arrest. KTBS-TV reports that this was the second trial for Hudson, following a trial in December in which the jury could not agree on a verdict.

Federal prosecutors said Hudson was among officers responding to a vagrancy complaint.

“The conduct described during the trial and shown to the jury on video from police dash cameras included multiple applications of potentially lethal force,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release Friday. “The defendant struck the suspect in the head with a loaded pistol, tasered him in the base of the skull and kicked him in the face.”

Hudson is due to be sentenced in October. The maximum sentence is 10 years in prison, according to the Department of Justice.

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