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Judge Convicts New Town Officer

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A judge convicted a former New Town officer with a felony charge and misdemeanor yesterday.

Lindrith Tsoodle, 58, was found guilty of violating the rights of two restrained arrestees in his custody by using excessive force. Tsoodle twisted the neck of a suspect, threw him to the ground and kneed him in the stomach.

On another occasion, he excessively tightened the arrestees cuffs, slammed him against the wall, used pepper spray and struck his hands with a baton.

Police arrested Tsoodle for the incidents and charged him with excessive force, but after lying to the special agent interviewing him, Tsoodle also faced obstruction charges.

The court is looking at the maximum penalty of 10-years in prison for the excessive force count. Tsoodle could also face five-years in prison for the obstruction count.

This case was investigated by the Minot Resident Agency of the Minneapolis Division of the FBI and was prosecuted by Special Litigation Counsel Gerard Hogan and Trial Attorney Nicholas Durham of the Civil Rights Division.

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