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Grand Jury clears Petal police officers of wrongdoing

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - The Forrest County Grand Jury has refused to indict two Petal Police officers who were accused of using excessive force during a traffic stop in June.

District Attorney Jon Mark Weathers said the grand jury did not find any criminal wrongdoing on the part of the two officers who were accused of excessive force.

Fredrick Russell filed a complaint following a June 16 stop on the Hwy 42 bypass in which he claimed the police officers sprayed him with pepper spray and hit him with a police baton after they stopped him for not wearing a seat belt.

Russell was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Petal police did an internal investigation and then turned the results over to the district attorney's office.

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