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DC officer found guilty of simple assault at store

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A Metropolitan Police Department officer was found guilty Wednesday of a charge of simple assault stemming from the use of excessive force at a Northeast D.C. retail store in January 2011, say officials.

Forty-two-year-old Clinton Turner was found guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

According to the government's evidence, Turner and another officer were on their beat at the Downtown Locker Room store in the 3900 block of Minnesota Avenue NE on Jan. 20, 2011. Turner reportedly exchanged words with a store employee, who walked away to try to avoid the confrontation. Turner, however, followed him across the store.

Officials say the employee was sitting on a table next to the cash register was located, and was not verbally or physically threatening Turner. Turner reportedly kept saying, "Don't let us get you locked up on your birthday." The employee asked why he would be locked up, and Turner told the victim if he said "something else" then he would be put in jail. The employee sarcastically replied, "something else," according to the government's evidence.

Turner then grabbed the employee, slammed him into a shirt display wall, and then grabbed him by his hair to take him to the floor. According to the government's evidence, Turner pulled out clumps of the employee's hair and also put him in a chokehold.

Turner will be sentenced Nov. 1. The misdemeanor charge is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, according to officials.