Verdict: Jury Finds Former Chico Police Officer Not Guilty in Assault Case

The jury has reached a verdict in the assault case of the former Chico police officer. He has been found not guilty.

Posted: Oct 25, 2018 4:58 PM
Updated: Oct 26, 2018 5:29 PM

UPDATE 12:16 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 - The jury found Scott Rupple, former Chico police officer, not guilty in a 2017 assault case. 

Body cam footage has been released of the incident. 

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UPDATE 11:40 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 - The jury has reached a verdict in the case, but the results have not been officially released. 

Stay tuned for updates. This is a developing story. 

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CHICO, Calif. - The trial continued on Thursday for Scott Rupple, a former Chico police officer accused of putting a handcuffed suspect in a chokehold during an attempted arrest.

Body cam video evidence presented in court on Wednesday was dissected, to determine whether the alleged assault is justifiable as self-defense. 

"Once the camera pans back to the left, it's clear that Sargeant Rupple is no longer around his throat, he now has his palm placed on the bottom of the chin with his fingers pointed up," said an expert witness called to the stand. 

Prosecutors said that in August of 2017 Rupple choked William Rowley. Rupple and another officer were answering a call of Rowley fighting with his father and holding a machete. 

The jury saw body cam video of Rowley screaming and cursing at officers as they moved him to the patrol car. 

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