FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Jurors have found former Hollywood Police Officer Matthew Barbieri not guilty of using excessive force during a rough arrest in 2019.
The jury reached their verdict a few hours after they began deliberations in the month-long trial, Thursday.
Barbieri was charged with misdemeanor battery in connection to the Aug. 19, 2019 arrest of Raymond Schachner.
Surveillance video captured the moment Barbieri appears to slap Schachner, whose father had called 911 because his son was on drugs and out of control.
Prosecutors argued Barbieri crossed the line and got too physical, but defense attorneys said the officer was protecting himself.
Had he been convicted, Barbieri could have faced up to a year in jail.
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