Metra officer charged for excessive force arrest

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CHICAGO — Cook County officials say that video of a 2015 arrest contradicts a former Metra police officer's statements that he had not used excessive force to subdue an alleged trespasser.

The Chicago Tribune reports that former Metra officer David Robertson has been charged with aggravated battery, perjury, and official misconduct, after a Cook County state's attorney's office investigation led prosecutors to believe that Robertson used excessive force in nabbing a trespassing suspect at Millennium Station on Jan. 15, 2015.

Metra fired Robertson and another officer who worked on the arrest on Dec. 28, 2016. The railroad fired a third officer involved in the arrest for unrelated reasons earlier in the probe.

The Tribune cites Metra CEO Don Orseno saying that the railroad prides itself on having a professional police force and that excessive force is "unacceptable to us and will not be tolerated."

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