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A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who kneeled on the head of a handcuffed inmate last year will not face criminal charges, records show.
L.A. County prosecutors laid out their decision in a 16-page memo, which The Times reviewed. In it, they concluded there was insufficient evidence to prove Deputy Doug Johnson committed the crime of assault under color of authority.
“While the method employed by Johnson may appear concerning, the available evidence is inconclusive and suggests the amount of force used was not excessive,” the memo says.