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Belleville officer charged with battery and official misconduct

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Sean M. Harris By KMOV Web Producer Sean M. Harris By KMOV Web Producer

( -- A Belleville, Illinois police officer is facing multiple charges after attacking a man during a call.

The incident happened on June 14 when a Belleville couple was getting threatening phone calls.  The couple called police for assistance.  They claim Officer Sean Harris came to their home, but refused to file a report.  When the couple asked for the name of the Harris' supervisor, they say he went into a rage and became violent.

The victim's wife said officer Harris attacked her husband.  The officer "grabbed him by the neck and threw him down on his back on the brick sidewalk," she said.

The victim, Mark Bush, said he remembers falling and waking up with no feeling.  He said the force of getting thrown to the ground caused him to have an epileptic seizure.  Bush was rushed to a hospital where he was treated, also for scrapes and bruises.  An x-ray was taken, which he says shows two bone chips that broke off his pelvis.

After investigation, Officer Harris has been charged with one count Battery class A misdemeanor and one count Official Misconduct class 4 felony stemming from the battery.

Bail was set at $20,000. Officer Harris was processed and posted bond on the warrant. He will remain assigned to inside station duty pending the disposition of the case.

The chief said the complaint was the first formal complaint against the officer.  He has been on the force for five years. 

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