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Cincinnati jury acquits corrections officers charged in beating prisoner

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Friday night a Cincinnati jury acquitted three former corrections officers in Lawrence County after an incident was caught on tape. 

The victim only identified as L.K., was a prisoner in the Lawrence County Ohio jail. Surveillance video was taken in August of 2014, and the situation looked brutal from what you could see on camera. 

There's no sound on the video but the prisoner said something, which gets an elbow response from one of the officers. Another comes by and appears to kick or jab L.K.

[The entire video is 33 minutes long and can be seen on Youtube.]

“When I first say the video I thought, wow, it doesn't look very good.” Allen represents one of the now former corrections officer. 

His client said the prisoner, who was booked on a disorderly conduct charge,  wouldn’t listen to commands.

“[L.K.] came into the jail drunk and belligerent and he would not follow orders,” said Allen. The jury got the case last month. 

Officers eventually wrestled the prisoner to the ground.

“He was handcuffed but his arms are still weapons, when he’s on the ground his legs are still weapons, his teeth are weapons,” stated Allen. “Police officers don't have to wait to get hurt,” he continued.

“Their allowed to take action in anticipation of somebody doing something [to hurt them]. While it’s not pretty, this was not an inappropriate use of force.”

The jury deliberated for three days and came back clearing the three men of all charges. 

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