State's Attorney Not Filing Charges Against Officer

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CHAMPAIGN - State's Attorney for Champaign County Julia Rietz is declining to file criminal charges against a Champaign police officer. Matt Rush is accused in multiple civil lawsuits of using force in the arrests of William Brown, Benjamin Mann, and Precious Jackson during an encounter in May of 2014.

Jackson, who has a history of mental illness, would later lose her unborn child. Rietz says the matters were or are being appropriately handled in internal discipline and civil court proceedings.

The city settled three previous excessive force suits involving the office totaling $320,000.

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