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Bull Shoals Police Chief Faces Charges of Excessive Force, False Report

BULL SHOALS, Ark. – The Chief of the Bull Shoals Police Department was arrested on Monday on charges related to his use of excessive force in the arrest of a Bull Shoals resident and a related false report.
BULL SHOALS, Ark. – The Chief of the Bull Shoals Police Department was arrested on Monday on charges related to his use of excessive force in the arrest of a Bull Shoals resident and a related false report.

According to a news release, Daniel Sutterfield, 35, had his initial appearance in court Tuesday morning and the complaint and complaint affidavit were unsealed.

In the two-count complaint, Sutterfield was charged with one count of deprivation of rights and one count of falsifying a report.

The complaint says 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 justify 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.

Sutterfield’s sentence, if convicted, will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including a prior criminal record (if any), the 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.


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