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4th Cir.: Officer’s history of excessive force admissible (access required)

An officer’s conviction for injuring an arrestee was affirmed, in part because the officer’s past conduct toward individuals he perceived as disrespecting law enforcement was probative of his state of mind during the events giving rise to the crime. Background Appellant Mark Cowden, a lieutenant with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, and other officers on duty at ...