Feds clear SAPD officers in beating of man now paralyzed

Officers cleared of civil rights violation

SAN ANTONIO -- Federal authorities announced on Thursday that there was not sufficient evidence to prosecute the three San Antonio Police Officers accused of beating a local man now paralyzed.

In May 2014, Roger Carlos was taking pictures of his wife's medical practice when he was confronted by three San Antonio Police Officers who he says struck him about 50 times.

The officers were pursuing a suspect in the 10600 block of Westover Hills Boulevard. The suspect was wanted on drug and weapons charges, according to SAPD reports.

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Carlos has been left paralyzed from multiple surgeries since the incident.

The U.S. Attorney's Office, together with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation concluded after a lengthy and comprehensive investigation that there was not enough evidence to prosecute the three officers.

"The investigation did not develop sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that police officers knowingly and willfully used excessive force to deprive Mr. Carlos of his civil rights," stated a release from the United States Attorney's Office.

The San Antonio Police Department declined to comment Thursday evening citing an ongoing civil lawsuit filed by the Carlo family.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, the investigation has been closed.

(© 2016 KENS)


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