Judge Tentatively Rules Force Wasn't Excessive

A Superior Court judge tentatively ruled Wednesday that a pair of Los Angeles police officers did not use excessive force during a traffic stop of an off-duty LAPD colleague four years ago.

Former LAPD Officer Hank Cousine--labeled one of the department's 44 "problem" cops by the 1991 Christopher Commission--had sued the department and the officers, alleging that he was roughed up and deprived of his civil rights.

Cousine, who was a member of the force at the time of the incident, alleged that he was mistreated because of his association with the Christopher Commission list.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Judith C. Chirlin rejected Cousine's allegations in a "statement of intended decision."

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