Thursday, June 18, 2009

Prison for Chicago cop who beat man in wheelchair

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer caught on hospital security footage repeatedly striking a man who was handcuffed and shackled to a wheelchair has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison.

William Cozzi stood expressionless as U.S. District Judge Blanche Manning imposed the sentence Thursday.

Cozzi had pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation for inflicting the beating in a hospital emergency room.

The man was the victim of a stabbing and had been brought to the hospital. Cozzi was sent to the hospital to investigate.

Cozzi had earlier pleaded guilty to a state misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to 18 months of probation. But Chicago police Superintendent Jody Weis, a former FBI official, referred the case to the federal government.


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