CLEVELAND -- A 12-member jury has acquitted Westlake police detective Robert Toth of using excessive force on a suspect and making a false police report.
Toth was accused of choking, kicking and punching Teddie Abadie during interrogation.
Toth was represented by attorney Kevin Spellacy. Toth has been on unpaid leave since the charges were filed.
In response to the verdict, Westlake police capt. Guy Turner said, "We are very satisfied with the jury’s verdict."
Following the verdict, Acting U.S. Attorney Carole Rendon said in a statement that "We respect the jury’s verdict. Prosecution of excessive use of force cases are always challenging. Police officers make incredible sacrifices daily and we remain grateful to all of those officers who are working to keep us safe."
Documents filed back in January by federal prosecutors also say Toth wrapped a seatbelt around Abadie's neck after driving him to the cemetery.
Toth was indicted in June on federal charges of using unreasonable force, and two counts of obstruction of justice force for allegedly filing a false report about the incident and lying to a federal agent. He had pleaded not guilty.
This article will be updated.