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Corona acquitted in controversial traffic stop

Dashcam video from Aug. 3, 2014 traffic stop Dashcam video from Aug. 3, 2014 traffic stop
Jorge Corona's facial injuries Jorge Corona's facial injuries

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - A Clovis man who says he was a victim of excessive police force is found innocent of the events that led to his arrest.

During a traffic stop in August 2014, Clovis police claim Jorge Corona refused to show identification and then resisted arrest.

Dash cam video of his arrest went viral. In the video, you can see Officer Brent Aguilar taking Corona to the ground. The officer said Corona was resisting and trying to turn away, forcing him to take action.

However, a jury disagreed and found Corona not guilty of resisting arrest. The jury also acquitted Corona on allegations of failing to show identification.

"That video tells the entire story. It told you everything that happened and what didn't happen," said Dan Lindsey, Corona's attorney. "It was just really terrible. You can kill someone by slamming them face-first into the asphalt that way. Totally defenseless, Jorge was and we're very, very grateful for the jury's outcome and that they saw through this."

Corona suffered a broken cheek bone from the incident and now Lindsey plans to file a lawsuit against the Clovis Police Department to recover his client's medical expenses from the injury. They're seeking $1 million in damages.

No charges were ever filed against Officer Aguilar for this incident. A prosecutor cleared Aguilar of any criminal wrongdoing back in November 2014.  

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    Madison anchors the 4, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She joined NewsChannel10 as a reporter in October 2013.

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