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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.

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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