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Inland Empire police charged with Taser abuse

April 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
One current police officer and one former officer with the Desert Hot Springs Police Department have surrendered.The two are accused of using Taser guns on police suspects

Police Officer Anthony Sclafani, 40, and former officer David Raymond Henderson, 51, surrendered at the U.S. District Courthous in Los Angeles.

Both men agreed to surrender after being informed that they had been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Sclafani is charged with two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law.

The two-count indictment against Sclafani alleges that he used a Taser stun gun in two incidents in February 2005.

In one incident, the suspect was reportedly handcuffed when he was stunned.

In the second incident a female suspect was Tasered and sprayed in the face with pepper spray.

Henderson is charged with one count of deprivation of rights under color of law for allegedly using a taser gun on a handcuffed suspect in August 2004.

The cases against Sclafani and Henderson are the result of an FBI investigation.

The charge of deprivation of rights under color of law carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.


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