WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A police officer seen on video apparently body slamming a woman to a tile floor in New York has been acquitted of civil rights violations.
Jurors in federal court in White Plains found 39-year-old Yonkers police Officer Wayne Simoes not guilty Wednesday.
The video from a restaurant surveillance camera appeared to show the officer lifting 44-year-old Irma Marquez by her waist and throwing her face-first to the floor. She was knocked unconscious and her jaw broken.
Simoes claimed he was simply trying to keep Marquez from interfering with medical technicians treating her niece after a 2007 bar fight.
Simoes was acquitted of violating the woman's constitutional protection from excessive police force.