2009-05-14 / Local & State

Review Clears Reading, Pa., Officer In Beating

By Michael Rubikam ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - An attorney says the Reading Police Department can't objectively review the actions of an officer who beat a suspect with a heavyduty flashlight.

Francis Nunez (NOON'-yehz) suffered a brain injury in the March 14 altercation with Officer Mark Groff. Last week, an internal review board cleared Groff of any wrongdoing.

Tom Kline is Nunez's civil attorney. He told The Associated Press on Monday that he doesn't consider the board's ruling to be the final word.

Kline said in a statement: "Mr. Nunez's injuries speak for themselves. He was an unarmed individual who was badly beaten. The Reading Police Department is obviously not in a position to review this matter independently and objectively.''

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