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City Prosecutors Conclude Excessive Force Case Against Santa Monica College Officer


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November 15, 2017 -- A Santa Monica College Police Officer has been ordered to a year of probation, community service and other restrictions in a case alleging excessive force during the arrest of a homeless man on campus on January 18, City prosecutors announced Tuesday.

The arrest made by Officer Michael Champagne initially spurred accusations of battery and excessive force.

A statement from the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office said it pursued misdemeanor charges against Champagne after the county District Attorney’s Office declined to file felony criminal charges against the officer.

The case was concluded on Monday, the statement said.

Champagne will serve one year of summary probation, 150 hours of community service, and comply with an order for a 100-yard “stay away” from the victim in the case, the City Attorney’s Office said.

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As a result of his conviction, Champagne is also prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm for 10 years, officials said.

“The City of Santa Monica is committed to meaningful accountability for all, including law enforcement personnel,” said Chief Deputy Terry L. White.

Deputy City Attorneys Autumn Rindels and Meryl Chambers with the Criminal Division of the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office handled the investigation and prosecution.

It was assisted by the Santa Monica Police Department.


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