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Complaint alleges excessive force by town marshal


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A special prosecutor is being sought to consider a formal complaint alleging excessive force and harassment earlier this month by Elizabethtown Town Marshal Tom Nienaber, who was responding to a 911 call in Elizabethtown. The complaint over Nienaber's actions was made by Issac McGuire, 19, of Elizabethtown.

McGuire said first-responders were called to his family’s home March 18 because his older brother Francis was suffering from a seizure. Isaac McGuire said he yelled out an obscenity while standing on the porch with another relative after Nienaber and other first-responders arrived.

“I was distraught,” McGuire said in his regard to his language. “I was crying because Francis has a bad liver and I thought he was dying. But the town marshal grabbed me under the arms, leaving his entire hand print as a mark, and told me to watch my mouth in front of his volunteers.”

Nienaber said he felt it was necessary to use a defensive tactic he recently learned during law enforcement training.

See Wednesday's Republic for additional details.

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