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Former Marble Hill Police Chief Indicted for Civil Rights Violation

(Marble Hill) A former southeast Missouri law enforcement officer faces a federal indictment for a civil rights violation.

Marc Tragesser was police chief in Marble Hill and Oran and served as a deputy with the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office.

Prosecutors say he deprived a woman of the right to be free from unreasonable seizure, use of unreasonable force, and unlawful detection.

In November 2018, he is accused of slamming the victim against a wall, causing her glasses to fall off, before handcuffing her and detaining her in his patrol vehicle.

The victim says Tragesser demanded that the woman give up custody of her children to a third party who had no legal right to custody.

Federal prosecutors say the victim also suffered an injury during the incident.

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