Ark. police chief arrested for using excessive force
The chief of the Bull Shoals, Ark., Police Department was arrested on charges related to his use of excessive force in the arrest of a Bull Shoals resident and a related false report.
In the two-count complaint, 35- year-old Daniel Sutterfield was charged with one count of depri vation of rights and one count of falsifying a report.
The complaint charges that on July 9, 2013, Sutterfield used excessive force in the arrest of a Bull Shoals resident and then directed an officer to write a false and misleading report regarding the incident in order to cover up and justi fy the use of excessive force.
If convicted, Sutterfield faces a statutory maximum punishment of 10 years in prison for the civil rights charge involving excessive force and a statutory maximum punishment of 20 years in prison for the falsification charge. If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be deter mined by the court after review of factors unique to the case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record (if any), the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations. The sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases will be less than the maximum,