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Originally published Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 2:48 AM

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Austrian cop pleads not guilty to attack on US man

An Austrian undercover police officer has pleaded not guilty to assaulting an American teacher after mistaking him for an African drug dealer at a subway station in Vienna.

The Associated Press

VIENNA —

An Austrian undercover police officer has pleaded not guilty to assaulting an American teacher after mistaking him for an African drug dealer at a subway station in Vienna.

But his lawyer Bernd Gahler acknowledged that he made mistakes and used force during the Feb. 11, 2009, incident that injured Mike Brennan, a former football player from Jacksonville, Florida.

Thursday's court proceedings follow a previous trial in June that ended with the judge saying the matter was too serious to be handled by her court.

It was unclear when a verdict would be issued. If convicted, the police officer - who cannot be identified under Austrian law - faces up to three years in prison.

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