Former police officer loses appeal in assault case
Published 5:33 pm, Saturday, August 12, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former District of Columbia police officer who was sentenced to two years of probation for assaulting a man has lost an appeal he filed after his conviction.
Clinton Turner was convicted of assault at a bench trial following a 2013 incident at a local shoe store. Court records indicated that he grabbed a store employee and threw him to the ground after the man allegedly made an inappropriate comment about the female store manager.
Turner claimed the man attacked him, but a store surveillance camera showed otherwise.
On appeal, Turner challenged the trial court's denial of his post-conviction motion alleging ineffective assistance of counsel.
The appeals court on Thursday upheld the trial court ruling, saying representation of Turner by his lawyer was not constitutionally deficient.