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Charges dropped for man claiming police brutality

Prosecutors have decided to drop all charges against George Tyrone Daniels, the man who police now think was beaten by the arresting officer. Daniels was charged with resisting arrest with violence and trespassing Nov. 9 after Officer Stephen K. McCammond alleged that to avoid arrest, Daniels tried to throw the officer and his partner over a concrete wall.

But now police think that it was McCammond who used excessive force. All charges brought based on McCammond's arrest have been dropped, and this morning, a warrant that was issued for Daniels' arrest will be withdrawn.

After his arrest, Daniels complained to the Tampa Police Internal Affairs Bureau. He charged that McCammond hassled him as he innocently walked through a public housing complex toward his aunt's home, then used excessive force to arrest him.

He said that McCammond dragged him alongside a moving patrol car, sprayed Mace in his face after he was handcuffed, then threw him face-down on the ground and kicked him.

McCammond told internal affairs investigators that he used reasonable force to subdue a struggling suspect.

McCammond now will go before a five-person review board.

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