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Published: Tuesday, 7/24/2007

Ex-officer cleared in taped beating of man in French Quarter after Katrina

ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW ORLEANS A former police officer accused in the videotaped beating of a man in the French Quarter after Hurricane Katrina was cleared today by a judge who heard the case without a jury.

I didn t even find this a close call, said District Judge Frank Marullo.

Robert Evangelist, 37, had been charged with beating Robert Davis, 66, during an arrest videotaped by an Associated Press Television News crew the night of Oct. 8, 2005, about six weeks after Katrina.

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