EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- An East St. Louis police officer is accused of federal civil rights violations and lying to investigators in connection with the alleged assault of a handcuffed suspect three years ago.
A federal grand jury charged Antonio McWherter on Wednesday. He's accused of punching a suspect in the mouth while the man was being handcuffed in January 2006 at the East St. Louis Police Department, then lying on Monday to an FBI agent.
McWherter has been with the East St. Louis police since 1994. His status with the department isn't immediately known.
McWherter doesn't have a listed home telephone number and couldn't be reached for comment.
The charges together are punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
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