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SPOKANE, Wash. - A six-person jury has acquitted Spokane police Officer Rob Boothe. He was charged with fourth-degree assault after two officers reported seeing him kick a handcuffed suspect in the face who apparently wasn't struggling to get away.

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Defense attorney Rob Cossey says several other officers were at the scene that night and didn't see the alleged kick. >>More from Spokesman-Review

Prosecution rests in officer's assault trial

SEPTEMBER 9, 2009

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.

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. >>More

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