LA Feds Indict 2 Cops for Using Taser Guns on Handcuffed Victims

By Allan Lengel

Federal authorities in Los Angeles have indicted one current police officer and a former one with the Desert Hot Springs Police Department with civil rights violations for allegedly using  Taser guns to stun three victims, two of whom were in handcuffs.

Police Officer Anthony Sclafani, 40, and ex-officer David Raymond Henderson, 51, surrendered Tuesday morning at United States District Court in Los Angeles, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Authorities charged that Sclafani allegedly used an X26 Taser gun to stun suspects in two incidents in February 2005, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. In one incident, the suspect was already handcuffed and in the second incident a female suspect was also sprayed with pepper spray.

Authorities charged Henderson with allegedly using an X26 Taser gun to stun a handcuffed suspect in August 2004, the U.S. Atttorney’s Office said.

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