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Former Pa. trooper sentenced for kicking handcuffed man

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 19, 2017 2:34 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A former state trooper will spend time in jail after being convicted of kicking a handcuffed man in the face and lying on a police report.

Ryan Luckenbaugh has been sentenced to nine to 22 months behind bars.

In 2015, Luckenbaugh kicked a man as he sat handcuffed on a curb.

The man had been arrested after making an obscene gesture at Luckenbaugh while skateboarding against traffic in Harrisburg.

Luckenbaugh filed a report claiming the skateboarder hit his police car and spat into it. Dash cam video showed he did not.

His attorney asked the judge not to punish him for what he called one bad reaction, saying Luckenbaugh had suffered enough by losing his job.

The judge said Luckenbaugh's actions undermined the public trust in police.

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