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Officer acquitted of charges

January 9, 2004
Albany- Friday, a federal jury in Albany acquitted a Dougherty County jailer of charges he beat an inmate and lied during the investigation.

The jury found Santos Ruizgonzalez not guilty on all five counts. He was accused of knocking a handcuffed man unconscious.

Ruizgonzalez testified he acted in self-defense. Several other jail employees testified there's an unspoken code that they'll lie to protect fellow officers.

posted at 10:45 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com

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