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Ex-Texas officer indicted after man pepper sprayed by police

A former North Texas police officer has been indicted for his role in arresting and pepper...
A former North Texas police officer has been indicted for his role in arresting and pepper spraying a man after he filmed his son’s encounter with police.(Keller Police Department)
Published: May. 10, 2021 at 12:58 PM CDT
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KELLER, Texas (AP) - A former North Texas police officer has been indicted for his role in arresting and pepper spraying a man after he filmed his son’s encounter with police.  

The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office announced Friday ex-Keller Police Sgt. Blake Shimanek is facing a charge of official oppression, a misdemeanor. If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail.

Court records did not list an attorney for Shimanek.  Bodycam footage shows Marco Puente being pepper-sprayed and arrested on Aug. 15, 2020 after he filmed his son’s interaction with Shimanek following a traffic stop.

Shimanek claimed Marco Puente blocked a roadway, but a subsequent investigation found Puente did nothing wrong.

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