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West Brownsville man acquitted of assaulting officer

| Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Fayette County man was found not guilty of assaulting a police officer following a two-day trial.

A jury on Thursday found Albert DeSalvo, 48, of 617 Main St., West Brownsville, not guilty of aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest and obstructing administration of law.

Brownsville Police Sgt. John Brant on Wednesday testified DeSalvo pushed and struggled with him during a drug investigation at a Water Street residence on March 31.

Redstone Police Officer Troy Rice testified DeSalvo kicked him.

Another Redstone officer, Sgt. Norman Howard, testified he had to use a stun gun to subdue DeSalvo.

DeSalvo on Thursday testified that Brant attacked him after he asked the officer if he “solves any real crimes,” according to defense attorney Thomas Shaffer of Uniontown.

Shaffer said two other witnesses, including DeSalvo's brother, Roger, told jurors a similar version of the incident.

“What he said may have been offensive, but it's protected speech and not a crime,” Shaffer said after the trial. “What he said might be morally offensive, but it's nothing more.”

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