Guilty plea in former officer's Louisiana brutality case


LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A former police officer who served in Louisiana and Mississippi has pleaded guilty in a 2017 federal brutality case.

A U.S. Justice Department news release says Robert Hammac, 45, pleaded guilty Thursday to "deprivation of rights under color of law."

Prosecutors say Hammac was a Lake Charles, Louisiana, police officer when the incident happened in May 2017.

The release says police had stopped a car following a long chase. The driver put his hands in the air and did not resist as officers began to pull him out of the car. But Hammac entered the car from the passenger side, pulled the suspect into the car and beat him.

Hammac, who resigned from the Moss Point, Mississippi, police force after his April indictment in Louisiana, will be sentenced Nov. 14.

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