- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A federal jury has convicted a former officer on a North Dakota Indian reservation for roughing up suspects during two separate arrests.

Lindrith Tsoodle was found guilty Tuesday on two counts of using excessive force and one count of making false statements. He was acquitted of tampering with a witness.

The incidents happened in November and December of 2010 while Tsoodle was working a police officer for the Three Affiliated Tribes.

Authorities say in one case Tsoodle twisted the neck of a handcuffed suspect, threw him to the ground and kneed him in the stomach. In the other case he tightened the handcuffs on a suspect, slammed him against the wall, used pepper spray and struck the man with his hands and a baton.

Tsoodle faces 16 years in prison.

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