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US judge excludes drug evidence from Vt. officer

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Associated Press - May 19, 2011 10:15 AM ET

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A federal judge says prosecutors cannot use any of the evidence in a drug trafficking case because of unprofessional conduct by a Vermont police officer.

The judge found that South Burlington Police Cpl. Jack O'Connor acted unprofessionally and lacked grounds to arrest 28-year-old Kareem Campbell of New York in March 2010 in the parking lot of a South Burlington supermarket.

U.S. District Judge William Sessions ruled last week that all evidence obtained as a result of Campbell's arrest, including the contraband recovered and the statements made by Campbell, must be suppressed.

The Burlington Free Press says O'Connor, who has come under criticism before for aggressive tactics in drug investigations, is on paid administrative leave.

Sessions criticized O'Connor after a police video camera recorded him pulling down Campbell's pants to look for drugs.

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