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Hearing set for guilty plea of former Muncie police officer

July 18, 2021 GMT

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A former Muncie police officer is expected to plead guilty next month in connection with a federal investigation of excessive force allegations against other officers.

Former police officer Dalton Kurtz, 31, is expected to plead guilty to “misprision of felony” on Aug. 4 in federal court in Indianapolis, according to The (Muncie) Star Press.

He’s accused of failing to report a fellow officer kicked and struck a teenager in the head after the teen led officers on a foot chase. According to the plea agreement, Kurtz failed to report the officer’s “unreasonable and excessive” conduct and submitted a false report.

The charges carries a sentence of up to three years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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Four other officers are scheduled to stand trial Jan. 24. They’ve been indicted on charges accusing them of using excessive force during arrests or of trying to cover up that misconduct.