Retrial set for Pomona officers charged in county fair arrest

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A retrial is set to begin today for two Pomona police officers whose trial on charges stemming from the violent arrest of a teenage boy at the Los Angeles County Fair ended with jurors deadlocked 11-1 in favor of guilt on all counts.

Like the first Los Angeles federal court trial that ended in October, the retrial is expected to last about a week.

Chad Jensen, 51, is charged with deprivation of rights under color of law for allegedly beating then-16-year-old Christian Aguilar in September 2015. Both Jensen and Prince Hutchinson, 32, are charged with preparing false reports that attempted to justify the use of force. The officers are also charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly giving false testimony during state court proceedings regarding criminal charges against Aguilar.

Prosecutors allege the officers gave false testimony similar to that in their written reports and created the false impression that the teen posed a physical threat to other officers before Jensen assaulted him.

If found guilty of all charges, Jensen and Hutchinson face the possibility of several years behind bars.

Two years ago, the city of Pomona paid Aguilar $500,000 to settle a civil lawsuit over the encounter at the Pomona Fairplex.

A third Pomona officer, Michael Neaderbaomer, is charged separately for allegedly attempting to dissuade Aguilar’s family from pursuing an internal investigation into the arrest.

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