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Graphic Testimony Set Pace in Police Trial Monday

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DURHAM — Testimony in the civil case against the DurhamPolice Department got graphic Monday. Reginald Craig says two officersbrutally beat him with a flashlight at a traffic stop three years ago. Monday, the jury heard descriptions of his injuries.

On a busy night, a Durham magistrate can see 40 people. The magistratewho testified Monday says he has had thousands of people come before himin his 13 years on the job, but Steven Speller testified he's never seenanyone in the shape Craig was in on the night of October 16, 1994.

Speller was there when Craig's injuries were photographed. He said healso has a great deal of respect for Jim Cleary, one of the officerscharged in the case and that he's never known Cleary to do wrong.

Fred Robinette, and expert witness called by the defense, said there israrely any action taken against police who brutalize citizens.

The doctor who examined Craig the night of the alleged beating isexpected to testify Tuesday. A videotaped deposition of one of the accusedofficers is expected to be played.

Former police chief Jackie McNeill and some city council members willbe heard from after that.

Photographer:Ed Wilson