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Battery charge against former Covington officer dropped; incident led to police chief's firing


COVINGTON, Louisiana — A former Covington police officer has had a battery charge against him dropped nearly two years after he was indicted.

The New Orleans Advocate reports ( ) Anthony Adams had been set to go to trial Friday on a misdemeanor simple battery charge connected to a 2012 incident involving an arrestee, Adams and fellow officer Nicholas Harper.

Adams' attorney Cameron Mary says prosecutors reviewed videotape of the clash and concluded Adams hadn't committed the crime.

Harper was convicted in June on the battery charge and sentenced to 10 days in jail for using a stun gun on an arrestee three times during the scuffle.

Adams resigned two months after the incident, which also led to the firing of Covington Police Chief Richard Palmisano.

Mary said Adams does not want his job back.

Information from: The New Orleans Advocate,

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