- Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Dona Ana County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an alleged use-of-force violation by a Hatch police officer.

Authorities say bond was set at $10,000 for Officer Mariano Fraere after his arrest Thursday.

A criminal complaint charges the 42-year-old Fraere with battery and false imprisonment in an incident involving a 30-year-old man who was in police custody on June 10.

According to court documents, Fraere was assisting another Hatch officer who encountered a group of men who were drinking.

During the encounter, the 30-year-old man reportedly became verbally abusive toward the Hatch officers.

Fraere arrested the man and took him to a jail holding cell.

The man continued to verbally harass Fraere and allegedly was forced to the ground and suffered facial injuries.

Fraere has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

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