Judge: Bozeman police intentionally erased audio

2013-02-08T13:14:00Z 2013-02-08T16:26:05Z Judge: Bozeman police intentionally erased audioThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 08, 2013 1:14 pm  • 

BOZEMAN — A judge has found Bozeman police intentionally erased a portion of an audio recording made during a welfare check on a man who claims officers used excessive force against him.

Soheil Jesse Verdi claims the officers caused him to fall and injure his skull when they used a stun gun against him in 2007.

One of the officers was wearing a microphone.

Attorneys for Verdi said there is a missing audio segment. U.S. District Judge Richard Anderson agreed with Verdi in a ruling last month the segment was intentionally erased.

The judge said he will instruct a jury that the missing audio "would be relevant and favorable to some or all of the plaintiff's claims of excessive force" if the case goes to trial.

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