Jury Acquits 2 Philly Officers Accused of Beating Man in 2013

Jurors have acquitted two Philadelphia police officers who were charged with wrongly beating a man who has since died in a shooting.

NBC10 confirmed jurors acquitted 31-year-old Sean McKnight and 28-year-old Kevin Robinson of charges of aggravated assault, conspiracy and counts related to alleged false arrest and prosecution.

Prosecutors alleged that the officers beat 23-year-old Najee Rivera without provocation during a May 2013 traffic stop and then prosecuted him to try to cover up their actions.

Defense attorneys said McKnight, an officer since 2006, and Robinson, an officer since 2007, used only the force needed to subdue Rivera and did not touch him after he stopped resisting.

Rivera died in December, 15 days after he was wounded during a street fight in the Kensington neighborhood.

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