- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former Belen police detective has been sentenced to five years of probation and must forfeit his law enforcement certification for using excessive force during a 2012 arrest.

Prosecutors say 42-year-old John Lytle is precluded from working or seeking future employment as a law enforcement officer in any capacity as part of his plea agreement Tuesday.

Lytle was accused of violating a man’s civil rights by assaulting him on March 15, 2012.

Lytle admitted that he repeatedly struck the victim, who was handcuffed and compliant during the entire course of the investigative stop.

One point during the stop, Lytle pulled the handcuffed victim from the back of a police squad car, threw him to the ground and struck him again.

The man suffered injuries to his face and torso.

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