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Letter: Suspended officer used stun gun on handcuffed man

August 9, 2018

ZACHARY, La. (AP) — Police records show a Louisiana officer who used a stun gun on a handcuffed man is serving a 13-day suspension without pay.

The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported Thursday that Zachary Police Chief David McDavid determined Officer Daulton Rainwater violated policies, including use of force.

A disciplinary letter says that during a call at a Best Western Hotel in April, Rainwater handcuffed an allegedly drunken man and placed him in his police unit. The letter says the man started to kick a window and Rainwater fired his stun gun and “guided” the man to the ground. Another officer submitted a complaint accusing Rainwater of using excessive force.

Rainwater was also ordered to complete training and re-trainings. He can appeal to the Zachary Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board.

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