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Police Beating

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The attorney for a man prosecutors say was beaten by a group of off-duty police officers says he's devastated that they were acquitted of most charges.

Prosecutors claimed the three white former officers severely beat Frank Jude Junior, who is biracial, in October 2004 -- because they thought he stole a badge.

The jury returned not guilty verdicts yesterday on all but one of the charges against Jon Bartlett, Daniel Masarik, and Andrew Spengler.

The jury reached no verdict on a substantial battery charge against Bartlett.

Jude is currently in prison after having his parole revoked because of a domestic dispute with his mother.

His attorney, Jonathan Safran, says he spoke with Jude today and Jude is devastated.

He says Jude wanted him to tell everyone to remain calm in light of the verdict. Safran says Jude doesn't want anyone else getting hurt based on what happened to him.

U-S Attorney Steven Biskupic (bis-KYOO'-pik) says today he's in the early stages of considering federal civil rights charges in the beating.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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