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Bull Shoals police chief indicted in excessive-force case

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This article was published May 9, 2014 at 9:28 a.m.

The Bull Shoals police chief has been indicted on a charge related to his use of excessive force in the 2013 arrest of a town resident, authorities said Friday.

Daniel Sutterfield, 35, has been charged with one count of deprivation of rights, U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge said in a statement. Sutterfield is accused of using excessive force by kicking, stomping and using a Taser on a man who was already in handcuffs, as well as hitting him with a shotgun butt.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Sutterfield and an officer responded to a Bull Shoals residence July 9, 2013, after a woman reported she had been abused by her live-in boyfriend.

The boyfriend, identified as Nicholas Dore, wouldn't open the door or come out, and Sutterfield later forced entry and shocked him twice with a Taser before placing him in handcuffs, the affidavit said.

"After Dore was placed in handcuffs, Sutterfield kicked Dore repeatedly and repeatedly struck Dore with the butt stock of his police shotgun," FBI special agent Tim K. Akins wrote in the affidavit. "Sutterfield then instructed Dore to get up, who responded that he could not. Sutterfield then used the taser to stun Dore again repeatedly."

Another officer left the residence and returned to find Dore "bleeding from the head," Akins added.

A second officer at the scene told investigators Sutterfield also threw Dore "into a fireplace and into a wall" while he was handcuffed, Akins wrote.

If convicted on the charge, Sutterfield faces up to 10 years in prison.

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cliffcarson says... May 9, 2014 at 10:38 a.m.

Ten Years is not enough. There is no excuse for such behavior. Sutterfield is a danger to society and yet his duty is to protect the public. How long did this savagery take place and why did none of the officers at the scene restrain Sutterfield?
Does this lack of action on their part make them accomplice's? Will they be charged?

Has the girlfriend made a statement?

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Oldearkie says... May 9, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.

Ditto: this shows the difference between a Law Enforcement Officer and a Police Officer

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maingear says... May 9, 2014 at 11:22 a.m.

If this pans out to be true, this jackwagon has spit in the face of those he swore to protect, as well as his fellow LEOs.

If convicted, methinks incarceration in the general population will suffice. Yes, yes... Karma is INDEED a beotch.

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bolojk says... May 9, 2014 at 12:05 p.m.

why do police officers not understand if you do this kind of stuff, you risk being thrown in prison with a bunch of people you arrested yourself.................over a wife beater.

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outinthesticks says... May 9, 2014 at 12:28 p.m.

Everyone seems quick to throw stones; I wasn't there and neither were any of you. I certainly don't condone this, but maybe the chief felt like a little "eye for an eye" justice was in order, since this man was apparently beating his girlfriend. It obviously went way too far, as anger is prone to make us do. I can recall a few times in my lifetime when I wanted to beat the life out of an adult who was abusing (not punishing) a child in public. Didn't make it right, but I still wanted to do it.

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outinthesticks says... May 9, 2014 at 12:31 p.m.

I forgot to add, you can commence bashing me now.

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Callieap03090919 says... May 9, 2014 at 12:41 p.m.

WOW, really? All these comments and only one stated that he's a cowardly woman beater?! He was teaching him a lesson. I'm not condoning violence that causes SERIOUS injuries, but a good butt whoopin is what a man, or boy should I say, deserves. Maybe he'll think twice about hitting a woman again

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80Redux says... May 9, 2014 at 1:50 p.m.

Reminds me of Little Bill played by Gene Hackman in the movie Unforgiven. Peace officers don't usually do well in prison.

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LR1955 says... May 9, 2014 at 3:21 p.m.

Maybe he went too far but then again we didnt see how black and blue the girlfriend was.....

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