Indicted officers face trial in alleged beatings - - Jackson, MS

Indicted officers face trial in alleged beatings

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Two Natchez police officers face trial Tuesday on federal civil rights charges related to the beatings of 2 brothers who were arrested in 2009.

1 of the officers also is charged with stealing debit and credit cards from 1 of the victims and giving them to his cousin to make purchases.

Elvis Prater allegedly assaulted the brothers. Dewayne Johnson allegedly watched 1 of the assaults and did nothing to stop it.

Johnson also is charged with conspiracy to commit identity theft, credit card fraud and bank fraud for allegedly taking the cards.

Both officers have pleaded not guilty. They have been suspended from the police department without pay pending the outcome of the trial.

Prater's lawyer, federal public defender George Lucas, said his client is not guilty.

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