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4th Circ. Says NC Cop Got Off Too Easy In Brutality Case

By Jonathan Capriel (November 29, 2021, 6:41 PM EST) — A former police officer found guilty of slamming a woman’s face into the ground causing dental injuries and a broken nose must be resentenced, the Fourth Circuit has said after finding the cop got an unreasonably lenient judgment due to the trial judge’s “favorable perceptions” of the officer’s law enforcement career.

The three-judge panel said Wednesday it was “substantively unreasonable” to sentence Robert M. George, a former police sergeant for Hickory, North Carolina, to a maximum of four years of probation when prosecutors sought five years and 10 months’ imprisonment. The panel said U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen failed to justify…

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