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Plymouth Police Sergeant Indicted for Use of Excessive Force

Sergeant Shawn Coughlin charged with using excessive force and falsifying police reports.

Plymouth Police Sergeant Shawn Coughlin, 45, was charged yesterday in federal court with using excessive force and covering up his actions by falsifying police reports, according to a press release issued by U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz' office.

Coughlin is accused of assaulting an arrested man, identified as A-1, on Nov. 19, 2011.

A-1 was in a holding cell, with his hands cuffed behind his back, when Sgt. Coughlin allegedly hit him in the head and kneed him in the body.

It is also alleged that Coughlin falsely stated in official police incident reports that A-1 “continued to resist by attempting to kick at the officers present ... while still screaming obscenities and various threats,” according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Coughlin allegedly omitted from police reports that he had assaulted A-1.

If convicted, Coughlin faces up to 10 years in prison, to be followed by up to three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on the of the civil rights violation, and up to 20 years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on the falsifying police reports charge, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

 

BTB October 12, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Another lying tough guy with a badge. Certainly not the first time he's done this. He should receive the maximum sentence. This has become the norm in the United States…. Law enforcement officers hide behind their badge while participating in criminal activity. On a daily basis, these individuals violate citizen’s civil and constitutional rights. They have been given more latitude to cause death, physical, financial and emotional harm to U.S. citizens than any other organization. Their actions are overlooked and in many cases encouraged and rewarded by their department(s) leadership. Lies and justification are all they know. And they want me or others to cower or show respect? Not likely. I didn’t take an oath to abide by the laws and uphold the constitution. They did. Historically, the truth is twisted to make the victims appear to be the criminals. Here’s a fact… America’s #1 Terrorist Threat is Law Enforcement
John Galt October 17, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Others helped him attempt the cover up, why aren't they charged too?

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