DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former Des Moines police officer serving prison time for kicking the face of a man held to the ground by other officers.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision Friday upholds a March 2015 jury verdict finding Colin Boone guilty of using unreasonable force on Orville Hill in February 2013.
Boone says he didn't intend to hurt Hill and was only assisting others secure Hill, who had crashed a vehicle during a seizure.
Boone argued jurors shouldn't have heard of a 2009 incident in which he was alleged to have fractured a woman's arm during an arrest.
The appeals court concluded the incidents were similar enough to show Boone's intent to harm.
Boone is serving a five-year prison sentence.
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