Louisiana police trooper charged after beating black man 18 times with torch during traffic stop

A former Louisiana police officer has been charged with a civil rights violation after hitting a black motorist 18 times with a torch during a traffic stop.

It is the first criminal case to emerge from federal investigations into the trooper’s beatings of at least three black men.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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