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School officer found not guilty in viral video case

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Posted at 10:36 PM, Feb 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-15 22:42:41-05

A Baltimore school police officer was found not guilty of all charges in connection to a video showing another officer slapping and kicking a student at Reach Academy.

Saverna Bias was acquitted of 2nd degree assault and misconduct charges Wednesday afternoon after a brief deliberation.

News media outlets report Anthony Spence entered an Alford plea on Tuesday to a second-degree assault charge, not admitting guilt, but acknowledging prosecutors have enough evidence to convict.

Instead of facing jail time, Spence will get probation before judgment and 18 months of supervised probation. He must also resign from the school police force within 90 days.

Documents show a witness to the March 1 encounter said a second officer, Saverna Bias, told Spence to hit the youth, and Spence then hit and kicked the teen.

Spence's attorney, Warren Brown, says the student spat on Spence.