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Ex-officer convicted of 2 misdemeanors for ‘rough ride’

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis police officer has been convicted of two misdemeanor assault charges for giving two handcuffed men a “rough ride” after they said obscene things about her.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that jurors returned the guilty verdict Tuesday in the case against Lori Wozniak, 48, after a two-day trial.

Prosecutors say that on the drive to the police station on Sublette Avenue she repeatedly slammed on the brakes of a police van in August 2018, causing two men in the back seat to slide into a metal barrier. One of them suffered a cut above his eye.

Officers had arrested the men at a church where they had allegedly damaged a marquee and were fighting.

Wozniak left the police department in October 2018 after an internal affairs investigation.

Her sentencing is set for Dec. 13. She faces up to a year in jail on each count.

June Heath

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