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Trial date set for OPD police officer accused in excessive force case

Trial date set for OPD police officer accused in excessive force case

A trial has been scheduled for one of three Orlando police officers facing criminal charges related to using excessive force against suspects while on duty. Phillip Fugate, a five-year veteran of the Orlando Police Department, is expected to go before a jury on Aug. 31. He faces two counts of misdemeanor battery stemming from the June 2014 arrest of Ronald McFadden. Another officer reported seeing Fugate hit McFadden twice during the arrest. McFadden was charged with theft and fleeing an officer after, police say, he sped off during a traffic stop that started because he was driving a car with a stolen tag. McFadden's charges were later dropped. Officers Peter Delio and William...

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