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Originally published Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM

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Seattle officer acquitted of assault charge

A Seattle police officer accused of kicking a handcuffed man following an off-duty fight outside a bar has been acquitted of a fourth-degree assault charge.

The Associated Press

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SEATTLE —

A Seattle police officer accused of kicking a handcuffed man following an off-duty fight outside a bar has been acquitted of a fourth-degree assault charge.

A Seattle Municipal Court jury returned the verdict Wednesday.

The head kick delivered by Officer Garth Haynes was captured on the video of a police car responding to the December 2010 fight that began when Haynes confronted a woman he suspected of stealing his jacket.

Prosecutors said Haynes was the aggressor when three men came to the defense of the woman.

KIRO-TV reports ( http://is.gd/BHjyPu) an expert called by the defense said Haynes may have suffered a momentary diminished capacity from a blow to the head. The Seattle Police Officers' Guild described the brawl as a hate crime against Haynes, since racial slurs were allegedly used by white men against the officer, who is black.

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Information from: KIRO-TV, htthttp://www.kirotv.com/index.html

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