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Pennsylvania Trooper Convicted of Simple Assault for Kicking Skateboarder in Head

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A suspended state trooper faces possible jail time after being convicted of simple assault for kicking a handcuffed man in the face.

Pennlive.com said jurors deliberated less than an hour before convicting 37-year-old Trooper Ryan Luckenbaugh of Mechanicsburg for the 2015 incident.

Prosecutors say they'll probably request jail time when Luckenbaugh is sentenced in April.

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The victim was arrested after he made an obscene gesture as he rode a skateboard against traffic in Harrisburg. Luckenbaugh kicked the 27-year-old victim as he sat handcuffed on a curb. That was after he was pepper sprayed and shocked with a stun gun.

The dash camera on Luckenbaugh's cruiser captured the ordeal.

Footage shows the victim calling officers Nazis and pigs.

Luckenbaugh's lawyer argued the kick was a reaction to getting spit on.

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