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Former Alabama police officer indicted for unlawful force

October 3, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An indictment is accusing a former Tallassee Police officer of civil rights violations and obstruction of justice for allegedly slamming a handcuffed man to the ground and stunning another man in handcuffs who was not resisting.

The U.S. Department of Justice, in a news release, says a federal grand jury unsealed the indictment Wednesday charging 25-year-old Michael Brandon Smirnoff with two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law and one count of obstruction of justice. It was unknown if Smirnoff has an attorney.

The indictment alleges that Smirnoff twice used unlawful force on arrestees and submitted a false report to cover up one of the incidents. The alleged incidents occurred in March 2016 and July 2015.

Prosecutors say both men sustained injuries as a result of Smirnoff’s actions.

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