Trump pardoned a former K-9 police officer who was convicted of releasing her dog on an unarmed homeless man
Stephanie Mohr advocates Newsmax earlier this month. Newsmax
Stephanie Mohr, a former Maryland K-9 police officer, was among 29 people President Donald Trump issued pardons or commutations on Wednesday.
Mohr spent 10 years in prison after being convicted of violating federal civil rights for setting her police dog on an unarmed homeless man in 1995.
The man, Ricardo Mendez, slept on the roof of a shop that officials staked out as part of a burglary investigation. The attack on him resulted in a bite wound that required 10 stitches.
Earlier this month, Mohr appeared on Newsmax, a conservative pro-Trump outlet, to plead for a pardon.
She alleged she was scapegoated when an FBI investigation into the brutality at her police department did not result in other convictions.
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A former Maryland K-9 policewoman who served 10 years in jail for putting her police dog on a homeless person was among 29 people who received pardons or commutations from President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
Stephanie Mohr was 30 years old in 2001 when she was convicted of violating civil rights. On September 21, 1995, Mohr put her police dog on Ricardo Mendez when police officers were investigating a break-in. The dog took out a piece of its leg, the Washington Post reported.
It turned out that Mendez wasn't a burglar - he'd slept on the roof of the shop that officers staked out that night.
"She spent 10 years in prison for releasing her K-9 partner in 1995 on a burglar suspect, resulting in a bite wound that required ten stitches," the White House said in a statement on Mohr's pardon on Wednesday. "Officer Mohr was a highly acclaimed member of the police force prior to prosecution.
"Today's action recognizes this service and the long imprisonment that Ms. Mohr spent in prison."
Earlier this month, Mohr appeared on Newsmax, a conservative pro-Trump news agency, to lobby for an apology from the president, saying she had been scapegoated.
Mohr said the charges were brought a day before the statute of limitations expired. She also said she was targeted because a federal investigation into the brutality at the Prince George's County Police Department revealed no further convictions.
She called her 10-year sentence "harsh". She also said that she had a 2-year-old son when she was convicted and was separated from him for most of his childhood.
"I have 10 years, basically one year for every stab the suspect got on his calf," she said.
Mohr was out with her parents and partner on Wednesday when she heard she received an apology, USA Today reported.
"So many emotions flood me. It's been a long, long, long fight for it. I'm just so grateful," she told the point of sale.
The Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund and the National Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union in the United States, helped demand Mohr's apology. The National Fraternal Order of Police approved Trump in the 2016 and 2020 elections.
Among the 28 other people Trump issued pardons and commutations on Wednesday was Roger Stone, the longtime Republican strategist who was convicted of seven crimes last year; Paul Manafort, its former campaign chairman, who was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for multiple crimes last year; and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. Charles Kushner was convicted of tax crimes, witness manipulation and illegal campaign contributions.
Trump pardoned or converted the judgment of 20 other people on Tuesday. These included two Trump campaign agents involved in the FBI's investigation into Russia, four Blackwater guards convicted of murdering Iraqi civilians, and two border guards accused of shooting and covering up an unarmed immigrant .
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