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Arizona deputy who restrained teen amputee will not be charged

The Pima County Attorney's Office could not prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that Deputy Manuel Van Santen's use of force on a 15-year-old boy was unnecessary.
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Pima County Sheriff's Department shows Deputy Manuel Van Santen. Prosecutors will not seek criminal charges against Deputy Van Santen, seen on video tackling a teenage quadruple amputee at a Tucson-area group home. In a letter Tuesday, March 10, 2020, the Pima County Attorney's Office could not prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that Deputy Van Santen's use of force on a 15-year-old boy was unnecessary. In September, a group home worker called 911 to report the teen had knocked over a trash can and made verbal threats. Another teen used his cellphone to film part of Van Santen's interaction with the boy, who has no arms or legs. (AP Photo provided by Pima County Sheriff's Department, File)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Prosecutors will not seek criminal charges against a Pima County sheriff's deputy seen on video tackling a teenage quadruple amputee at a Tucson-area group home. 

In a letter Tuesday, the Pima County Attorney's Office could not prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that Deputy Manuel Van Santen's use of force on a 15-year-old boy was unnecessary. 

In September, a group home worker called 911 to report the teen had knocked over a trash can and made verbal threats. 

Another teen used his cellphone to film part of Van Santen's interaction with the boy, who has no arms or legs.

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