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State Trooper Charged In Civil Rights Case

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania State Trooper Kelly Cruz, 43, of Oxford, Pennsylvania, was charged in a one count indictment, unsealed today, with deprivation of civil rights, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.

The indictment alleges that on August 9, 2009, Cruz, while working as a State Trooper, kicked Z.B. in the back of the head as Z.B. was lying face down on the floor in handcuffs. As a result of the kick, Z.B. suffered bodily injury that required surgery to repair his teeth.

If convicted, the defendant face a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison.

The case was investigated by FBI-Newtown Square Office and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys L.C. Wright and Maureen McCartney.

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Updated December 15, 2014