NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Two Natchez police officers have been suspended without pay pending the outcome of a federal trial on civil rights charges for allegedly beating two men in custody.
The board of aldermen on Tuesday approved the suspensions for Dewayne Johnson and Elvis Prater.
Prater is charged with deprivation of rights under color of law and making false statements. Johnson is charged with deprivation of rights under color of law, conspiracy to commit identity theft, credit card fraud and bank fraud, and making false statements.
Prater and Johnson's original Oct. 4 trial date has been continued until February.
Mayor Jake Middleton said aldermen decided keeping the officers on paid leave was not a wise use of tax dollars.
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