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Police officer disciplined for killing NH man in jail cell

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Rochester Police Officer Jesse Shearer is facing discipline for use of force in the beating death of a white New Hampshire man.

Shearer, who remains on the police force, is accused of using unnecessary force in the death of Daniel Prude, 55, who died in his police cell in December 2016. According to the state attorney general’s office, Shearer kicked Prude after the unarmed man was subdued and handcuffed.

An expert in force management from Florida who was brought in to review the case ruled that Shearer “used excessive force” in the attack. Prude had previously resisted arrest and had a history of mental illness, according to the state attorney general’s office.

The lawyer for Prude’s family, Michael Harrington, said the city of Rochester has offered to suspend Shearer for five days, rather than permanently, according to The Republican.

Harrington said the family did not intend to file civil rights suits but would be seeking unspecified damages in any case.

In a statement, Mayor Lovely Warren said she was “troubled by the findings in the report” and that Shearer is serving a one-year paid suspension for excessive force. The city also plans to implement stricter use-of-force policies in the future, she said.

“The City of Rochester is committed to ensuring that all of our officers respect the rights of individuals that come into contact with them,” she said.

Rochester, a city of more than 70,000, is located outside of Manchester, New Hampshire. Shearer worked for the city for 20 years.

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