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Former NOPD officer seen on camera hitting suspect found not guilty


NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans police officer charged with malfeasance in office was found not guilty Friday.

Orleans Parish Criminal Court Judge Ben Willard found Jamal Kendrick not guilty. Willard said that the prosecution didn't prove that Kendrick committed battery against a man in police custody.

The incident began when officers responded to the report of an armed robbery when they came across a car they called suspicious. The driver led police on an 8-minute long chase ending with the driver, Earl Williams, being pulled from the car and put on the ground in handcuffs.

FOX 8 obtained a dash cam video of the incident that shows Williams, laying face down, being hit by Kendrick, who was an officer in NOPD's seventh district at the time.

The police department's Public Integrity Bureau investigated the case and turned the case over to the District Attorney's office. The state then decided to charge Kendrick with malfeasance in office, a felony charge that also encompasses simple battery.

In court today, Willard said that he didn't think the state met the burden of proof and rendered a not guilty verdict.

Williams did not testify today, the District Attorney's office said he was scared to show up in court. District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said that because of the verdict he thinks it'll be difficulty to get others to come forward and testify about misconduct involving law enforcement.

Kendrick's attorney said that he will try to get his job back in the police department.

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