Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Ex-Dayton cop given home incarceration

The Associated Press

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - A former police officer who admitted to using excessive force during a traffic stop in eastern Kentucky two years ago will serve no prison time.

Neither will a former deputy sheriff who tried to cover up the incident.

U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell sentenced Dayton police officer Terry Meadows, 41, of Falmouth, to eight months of home incarceration and five years probation, and Floyd County Sheriff's Deputy Bobby Hackworth, 38, of Martin, to six months of home incarceration, three years of probation and a $2,500 fine.

They had pleaded guilty in November to federal felony charges of violating the civil rights of Amos Darvin Blackburn by use of excessive force.

The federal prosecutor, Seth Rosenthal, said the case shows that police officers aren't above the law. Rosenthal did not ask for prison sentences for the pair.

Both men entered guilty pleas in the third day of their trial.

Prosecutors contended that Meadows used excessive force by striking a handcuffed Blackburn while he was face down on the pavement, and that Hackworth saw the assault, failed to stop it, then lied to the FBI and local authorities.

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