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Trial postponed for LMPD officer accused of striking handcuffed teen

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The trial for an LMPD officer accused of striking a handcuffed teen has been delayed.

David Graham, an LMPD patrol officer in the city's 4th District, was scheduled to stand trial today.

Graham was charged after a cell phone video of the incident surfaced on March 31, 2012. It was taken outside an apartment in Old Louisville.

In the video, Graham appears to smack a 19-year-old John Sanders in the face after he was handcuffed. Graham also appears to shoves the 19 year old suspect.

Sanders was one of two suspects accused in a violent robbery earlier that night. Sanders remains in jail. The case against him is still pending and the outcome will partially depend on the outcome of Graham's trial.

Graham faces harassment with physical contact and official misconduct charges. They are both misdemeanors but could cost him his as an LMPD officer.

A WDRB investigation revealed two other officers on the scene did not report the incident. One officers who did speak with the city's Public Integrity Unit said Graham was not provoked.

The cell phone video came to light after a WDRB viewer shared it with us.

Graham is due back in court on March 7.

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