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December 7, 2013

Mom: 'Nothing adds up' in police beating of son
By Will Van Sant and Aisha Al-Muslim

Federal prosecutors pursue cases against police for abuses under a provision of the United States Code that the Supreme Court has construed narrowly. In cases like Turner's, prosecutors must show not only that police used force beyond what was needed to do their jobs but that they intended to do so. In the vast majority of such cases -- 98 percent nationwide since 1986 -- prosecutors don't charge police despite investigators having found evidence of a possible crime, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a federal data analysis center at Syracuse University.

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