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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1995                                     (202) 616-2765
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     WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A former Illinois police officer, who
pleaded guilty to beating up a suspect, was sentenced today to over
four years in prison, the Justice Department announced.     
     In October 1994, officer Robert D. Boone admitted to hand-
cuffing Charles Brown to a pole and striking him repeatedly with
his nightstick in an effort to obtain information about a crime. 
As a result of the blows, which occurred in the summer of 1989,
Brown suffered multiple bruises to his head and body.
     "We must never tolerate police officers who abuse their
authority," said Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Deval
L. Patrick.
     Last June, a federal grand jury in East St. Louis indicted
Boone on multiple counts of using excessive force on two occasions
while serving as a police officer in Brooklyn, Illinois.   One of
the counts related to the 1989 beating of Brown.
     Three other counts, which involved the use of unreasonable
force on a separate occasion, were dismissed in exchange for the
guilty plea.   
     Boone was sentenced to 51 months in prison and ordered to pay
a $1,000 fine for the felony violation of federal criminal civil
rights law.
     The FBI in Fairview Heights, Illinois, investigated the case
together with the Civil Rights Division in Washington, which also
prosecuted Boone.
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