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Jury Exonerates Four White Officers in Civil Rights Suit

HeadlineMar 23, 2000

Also in Tennessee, a federal jury has exonerated four white officers accused in a civil rights lawsuit by using excessive force in the 1998 death of a black man under arrest. Andre Stenson was 34. He was stopped by police for driving without headlights. Apparently fearing a parole violation because he had no driver’s license, he ran. After he was caught, wrestled to the ground and handcuffed, he complained he couldn’t breathe and died on the way to the hospital. His widow, Marcellina Stenson sued for close to $7 million. She and her lawyer refused comment yesterday following the jury’s eight-to-three verdict in favor of the officers.

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