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Jury finds Beaumont police officer violated man's civil rights
A federal jury has awarded Derrick Newman about $40,000 following a civil trial in which he claimed two Beaumont police officers violated his rights during a traffic stop.
Juries convicted both Todd Burke and Cody Guedry of official oppression but the convictions were later overturned. Burke is now retired while Guedry remains an officer with the Beaumont police department. Both men are awaiting re-trials but no date has been set.
According to previous testimony in the criminal trials, Burke hit Derrick Newman 13 times with his police baton and Cody Guedry used his taser twice on Newman.
The jury in the civil trial found no evidence that Cody Guedry violated Newman's constitutional rights late Monday afternoon.
However, the jury found that Todd Burke did violate Newman's rights and that Burke acted with malice and reckless indifference.
The jury ordered Burke to pay Newman about $40,000 which includes money for medical expenses, loss of earnings, pain and anguish, and punitive damages.