Jury mulling charges against officers in 2013 arrest

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Jurors resume deliberations Monday in the trial of two Philadelphia police officers charged with wrongly beating a man who has since died in a shooting.

Thirty-one-year-old Sean McKnight and 28-year-old Kevin Robinson are accused of having beaten 23-year-old Najee Rivera without provocation during a May 2013 traffic stop.

The officers said Rivera fled after running a stop sign and they mistakenly believed he was a drug courier because others had been using scooters and ATVs to move guns and drugs. Prosecutors say surveillance video contradicts their allegation that Rivera attacked them.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that defense attorneys said their clients only used the force needed to subdue Rivera.

Rivera died in December, 15 days after he was wounded during a street fight.

Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer

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