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South Bend Police Officer charged for assaulting an arrestee

The United States Department of Justice announced Thursday South Bend Police officer Theodore Robert, 40, has been charged with a criminal civil rights violation for allegedly assaulting an arrestee at the St. Joseph County Jail in May 2010.

The Department of Justice says Robert deprived the arrestee the right to be free from the use by unreasonable force by a person acting under color of law.

Robert allegedly assaulted the arrestee on May 30, 2010, causing injury to the arrestee.

It is illegal under federal law for a law enforcement officer to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.

The case was investigated by the South Bend Resident Agency of the FBI and remains ongoing.

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