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School security officer fired in student abuse

San Francisco

School security officer fired in student abuse

A San Francisco Bay Area school district has fired a high school security officer who faces a felony charge after he repeatedly slapped a handcuffed, wheelchair-bound student suffering from cerebral palsy and dumped him onto the floor, authorities said. The May 19 attack at Oakland High School was caught on surveillance footage that shows the officer wheeling the student down a hallway, leaning down toward him and then winding up and striking him three times before pushing him to the ground. The district identified the officer as Marchell Mitchell and said on Thursday he was fired immediately after the incident. Mitchell pleaded not guilty on May 22 to a charge of corporal injury to a child, said Stephanie Chan, a spokeswoman for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

Boston

Friend charged in Tsarnaev inquiry

A friend of the brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon was accused Friday of obstructing the investigation into the deadly attack by deleting information from his computer and lying to investigators. Khairullozhon Matanov, 23, of Quincy, an immigrant cabdriver from Kyrgyzstan, was arrested at his apartment. Matanov is not charged with participating in the bombings or knowing about them in advance, prosecutors said. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges and is awaiting trial. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in a gunbattle with police days after the bombings.

Cleveland

Police officers indicted in chase

Six officers in Cleveland's troubled police department were indicted Friday in a November 2012 car chase that ended with two unarmed suspects dying in a hail of 137 shots, was decried as a racially motivated execution and is part of a federal investigation. Patrol Officer Michael Brelo has been charged with two counts of manslaughter, and five supervisors have been charged with dereliction of duty for failing to control the chase.

Atlanta

Toddler burned in drug raid in Ga.

Officers raiding a Georgia home in search of a drug suspect used a flash grenade not knowing children were inside, severely burning a toddler who was sleeping just inside the door, authorities and the boy's family said. Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell said the officers were looking for a suspect who may have been armed and followed proper procedure by using the device, which creates a bright flash and loud bang to distract suspects. Alecia Phonesavanh told local news media her son was severely burned Wednesday morning, and he was in a medically induced coma in a hospital.

Elsewhere

Japan: The U.S. Air Force has deployed two of its most advanced long-distance surveillance drones to a base in northern Japan over the past week, enhancing its ability to monitor nuclear activities in North Korea and Chinese naval operations, U.S. military officials said.

India: The Indian police said Friday that they were scouring the countryside to find two more men accused in the rape and murder of two teenage girls in an Indian village this week. Police have arrested two brothers and a police officer. Two police officers were fired for failing to investigate the disappearance of the two cousins.

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School security officer fired in student abuse

05/30/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 30, 2014 11:58pm]
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