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Suburban officer accused of using excessive force

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago police officer has been indicted on federal civil rights charges for allegedly using excessive force in what authorities say were two separate beatings in 2010 and 2011.

The U.S. attorney's office says Steven G. Zamiar was serving as a detective sergeant for the Midlothian Police Department during the first alleged beating and as deputy chief during the second. He's since been demoted and placed on paid administrative leave.

The 46-year-old Zamiar faces two counts of violating the victims' civil rights. Each count carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

Neither the prosecutors' statement nor the indictment offered details about the allegations.

A court docket for Zamiar didn't include the name of a defense attorney. And a telephone number for a Steven G. Zamiar in Midlothian had been disconnected.

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