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Suburban officer accused of using excessive force sentenced

A former suburban Chicago deputy police chief has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for allegedly using excessive force during an arrest. 

The sentence given to Steven Zamair was below what prosecutors sought.  They argued for a more than seven-year prison sentence to make an example of Zamiar for the Midlothian police force. 

Zamiar was convicted in December of federal civil rights violations for chasing and beating James Snyder, who had been identified as being involved in a bar fight on Thanksgiving morning 2011. 

Before sentencing, Zamiar wept as he apologized to his family and Snyder "for any suffering he has been through."

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