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Acquitted Officer Isn't Completely In The Clear Yet

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He's a free man, but his legal troubles are far from over. San Diego Police Officer Frank White has been acquitted in a road rage shooting that injured a mother and her son, but he's still facing lawsuits.

Within minutes of what happened to White last year, the Police Officers Association was by his side. The group provided legal, financial and moral support to him.

White, who was on voluntary unpaid leave, will soon be back on the department's payroll.

One day after being found not guilty in a 2008 road rage clash in which he shot a mother and her son, San Diego Police Officer Frank White learns his employment fate from his boss Chief William Lansdowne.

Although the criminal case involving the 29-year-old is now in the past, two civil lawsuits stemming from the shooting are waiting in the wings.

One of them was filed on behalf of 10-year-old Johnny Silva, who was eight at the time of the incident, which injured his left leg.

His mother, Rachel, who was wounded twice in the right arm, is also seeking legal action against the Oceanside resident, the City of San Diego and the police department.

White, who was off-duty at the time, has also countersued Silva.

Attorney Michael Pancer, who represents Rachel Silva, says he expects his case to be in front of a jury within the next several months.

So, at least for awhile, White can concentrate on resuming his law enforcement career, while an internal department investigation continues.

Meantime, Rachel Silva has pleaded guilty to felony child endangerment and misdemeanor drunken driving. She could get up to four years in prison, when she is sentenced July 23.

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