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DuPage, Woodridge, Lisle police officers found not guilty of excessive force

Published: Friday, June 13, 2014 5:14 p.m. CDT

A DuPage County deputy sheriff, two Woodridge policemen and two Lisle policemen have been found not guilty of excessive force, according to a news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

The charges were brought against DuPage County Deputy Sheriff Tracy Reed, Detective James Eccardt and Officer Michael Wolfe of the Woodridge Police Department, and Detective Justin Louis and Officer Brian Michaels of the Lisle Police Department, the release said.

The plaintiff, Donald Miller, alleged that on June 30, 2010, the officers were conducting a drug buy as members of the DuPage County Tactical Narcotics Team, when they subjected him to excessive force while he was being arrested and failed to intervene, according to the release.

Federal Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman delivered a directed verdict regarding the charges against Reed, the release said. After less than an hour of deliberation, the jury found the four co-defendants not guilty as well.

Miller is currently serving seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the drug case in which the officers who were charged were involved, according to the release.

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