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Thursday, February 14, 2019

St. Louis Police Officer Kenneth Grooms Charged With Civil Rights Violation

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 11:42 AM

click to enlarge A St. Louis police officer has been charged with a civil rights violation. - COURTESY OF FLICKR / PAUL SABLEMAN.
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  • A St. Louis police officer has been charged with a civil rights violation.

Federal prosecutors have charged a St. Louis police officer with a misdemeanor civil rights violation.

Officer Kenneth A. Grooms II, 38, used his position as a cop on May 5, 2018, to "willfully deny" the rights of an unnamed victim to be free from an illegal seizure, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.



The criminal complaint doesn't go into much more detail than that, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, citing a source, reports that Grooms handcuffed a man who had gotten into an argument with the officer's girlfriend at a restaurant.

Grooms put the man in his car and drove him around, berating him before finally setting him free, according to the daily.

An attorney for Grooms declined to comment.

The case is being investigated by the FBI.

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