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Former trooper acquitted after hitting driver with rifle

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Posted at 1:53 PM, Jan 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-12 14:53:37-05

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former Nebraska state trooper was found not guilty of violating a driver's civil rights by hitting him in the head with the butt of a rifle after a high-speed chase.

Lindsey Bixby was acquitted Tuesday. The case centered on what happened at the end of the March 2016 chase in western Nebraska.

A video showed Bixby hitting a Colorado man in the head with his AR 15 after the man refused to get on the ground after the chase ended.

Bixby resigned from the patrol four months after the stop but the case and other problems led Gov. Pete Ricketts to fire the patrol’s superintendent.

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