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Jupiter Police Officer Charged with Beating a Suspect

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A Jupiter police officer surrendered to authorities on Wednesday, following an independent probe into allegations that he beat a suspect in custody.

43-year old Kevin Jacko is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after the June incident. The alleged victim, 24-year old Cody Ross Blankenship, had been arrested for resisting arrest with violence, battery on an officer and trespassing. 

According to the Jupiter Police Department, Blankenship has a history of run-ins with authorities dating back to August of last year.

The Public Corruption Unit of the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office opened an investigation into the alleged beating after Blankenship's mother accused the department of using excessive force.

Officer Jacko will make his first court appearance on Thursday.

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