Chicago-area officer charged in videotaped beating


     CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors say a camera mounted on the dashboard
of a squad car recorded a suburban Chicago police officer allegedly
beating a motorist who posed no threat.
      Streamwood officer James Mandarino was charged Thursday with
felony aggravated battery and official misconduct, and was ordered
held on $50,000 bail.
      Prosecutors say the incident happened March 28, after Mandarino
pulled over a car and the driver and passenger both got out.
      They say he first used a stun gun on the passenger. Then he
allegedly struck the driver 15 times with a baton although the man
had obeyed the officer's orders to put his hands on his head and
kneel on the ground.
      Prosecutors say the driver suffered a concussion as well as cuts
that required seven stitches.