Jury convicts former suburban Chicago deputy police chief in excessive-force case

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CHICAGO — A jury has convicted a former deputy police chief in suburban Chicago for using excessive force in beating a drinker in the early morning hours of a Thanksgiving Day

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1xwwPYc) jurors returned with a guilty verdict against Steve Zamiar Friday after deliberating for just two hours. The trial in Chicago lasted three days.

Zamiar is the 47-year-old former deputy police chief in Midlothian. For the conviction of violating the victims' civil rights in the 2011 beating, Zamiar now faces up to 10 years in prison.

Several members of his family gasped as the verdict was read. His attorney, Ralph Meczyk (MEE'-chek), later said he was "shocked" at the result.

Midlothian fired Zamiar last year. He faces a separate charge for allegedly attacking a detainee in 2010.

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