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Charges dismissed against Niota officers accused of violent beating

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NIOTA, TN (Times Free Press) - The trial of two Niota, TN, police officers on charges of beating a motorist in 2011 ended this morning with a dismissal of charges, court officials said.

Sgt. Keith McCarter and Patrolman Jonathan Scott were charged with official oppression and conspiracy to commit official oppression against Ray Stewart, a McMinn County resident.

An employee in the McMinn Circuit Court Clerk's office said special prosecutor Joe Baugh moved to dismiss the charges as the officers' attorneys began presenting their case.

Baugh could not be immediately reached for comment.

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