NC Prosecutors Dismiss Cases Because Of Misconduct

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina prosecutors say misconduct by one police officer has led to the dismissal of 70 cases.

The Charlotte Observer reported Sunday that Officer Brian Cloninger resigned after prosecutors accused him of trying to influence a lineup in a robbery investigation.

Cloninger would not comment on the case, but his attorney told the newspaper that he resigned to keep from dragging the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and himself "through the mud."

Prosecutors say they dismissed 70 cases Cloninger had handled including drunken driving, assault and drug charges.

The investigation of the officer's behavior began when a robbery victim reported that Cloninger tried to coach her on whom to identify in a suspect lineup.

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