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Arizona police department disciplines officer for shocking prisoner

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — A Casa Grande Police Department has disciplined one
of its employees for electronically shocking a handcuffed and shackled prisoner
last year.

Officer Thomas Anderson said a department transport officer shocked the
prisoner three times on May 28 when the inmate refused to get into a police van.

The Casa Grande Dispatch reported that transport
officer Cornelius Riley received a 10-hour suspension.

Anderson said officers decided when and how to use force but that department
policy discouraged use of weapons when a suspect is restrained.

The department’s transport officers drive prisoners from Casa Grande to the
Pinal County jail in Florence. They carry electronic control devices, pepper
spray and batons, but not guns.


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