LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – A Hatch police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges of false imprisonment and battery.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Mariano Fraere had been scheduled for an arraignment Monday in the Third Judicial District but waived a formal reading of the charges.
A grand jury indicted Fraere earlier this month on the charges. They stem from a June 10 incident involving two men who became verbally abusive toward Hatch officers.
According to court documents, Fraere held two people against their will without the legal authority to do so, and injured a man when he forced him to the ground while in police custody.
Fraere wrote in a report that he had been trying to keep the man from injuring himself.
Fraere remains on leave.