Denver sheriff's deputy suspended for shocking mentally ill inmate with stun gun

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DENVER — A Denver sheriff's deputy is suspended for shocking a mentally ill inmate with a stun gun to force her to board a bus.

The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1vFoBGw ) reports Sgt. Stephen Shelton will begin a 26-day suspension next month for using a Taser on the woman during a Nov. 27, 2013 encounter at the county jail.

Authorities say the handcuffed woman resisted deputies' efforts to get her onto a bus headed to court. Officials say Shelton pressed the Taser directly onto the woman's body to deliver a painful shock. Fellow deputies said they had planned to use other methods to get her to comply.

The suspension comes as the department makes sweeping reforms after a spate of excessive force complaints. A July memo says deputies can't use Tasers to force compliance through pain.


Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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