Va. officers Cleared of Civil Rights Violation

January 25, 2011

An internal investigation has cleared two Newport News police officers accused of violating a man's civil rights during an arrest.

Ashley Burnett Jr. claims one officer conducted an improper search of his rectal cavity on the side of a road on Sept 2.

Police Chief James D. Fox said in a Jan. 4 letter to the officers that an internal investigation revealed the allegations were unfounded.

An attorney for one of the officers shared the letter with The Daily Press. An FBI spokesman told the newspaper that the federal agency's investigation of Burnett's allegations is continuing.

Police have said Burnett was arrested after he refused to sign a citation for impeding traffic by walking on the middle of a road.

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