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Former Metro Transit Police Officer Indicted on Federal Civil Rights Charges

A former transit police officer in the nation's capital has been indicted on federal civil rights charges, the Justice Department said.

Andra Vance, 45, used unreasonable force while employed as a police officer for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington said Thursday.

Vance was on duty with the Metro Transit Police Department in February 2018 and assaulted someone by striking them on the head multiple times with a baton, prosecutors said. They said Vance then used the baton to choke the person.

The police department conducted an immediate review of the force and suspended Vance before notifying prosecutors, officials said. If convicted, Vance faces up to 10 years in prison.

A telephone number listed for Vance in public records was not in service Thursday.

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