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Prosecution rests in officer’s assault trial

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Thomas Clouse
The Spokesman-Review

SPOKANE, Wash. - A misdemeanor trial started today with two story lines; one in which a Spokane Police officer stands accused of kicking a handcuffed suspect and the apparent turmoil for the two officers who agreed to testify against him.

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Special City Prosecutor Dana Kelly used only three witnesses before resting the fourth-degree assault case against Officer Rob Boothe, who is accused of kicking a suspect in the face while he was laying on the ground following a car chase and foot pursuit on Sept. 5, 2008.

The 15-year-veteran and master firearms instructor has been on paid administrative leave since that incident occurred.

If a jury convicts Boothe of the gross misdemeanor, which carries up to a year in jail, they must believe the testimony of two officers who were with Boothe that night.

Spokane Police officers Shaidon Storch and Erin Blessing testified in a courtroom filled mostly with fellow officers there to support Boothe.

Storch and Blessing both said they were standing next to Boothe, who had just caught suspect John Luna, 23. He later pleaded guilty to stealing a car and eluding police that night.

 

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