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Two Denver Sheriff Department deputies punished for using excessive force on inmates

By: NOELLE PHILLIPS, The Denver Post
June 19, 2017 Updated: June 19, 2017 at 2:27 pm
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In this Wednesday, May 24, 2017, photo, Cobb County police officer wears a body camera as he works an off-duty security detail at at an Atlanta Braves baseball game in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore).

Two Denver Sheriff Department deputies received suspensions last month for using excessive force against inmates — one of them for the second time, according to department documents.

And a deputy in the records unit was suspended for the third time this year for making a careless mistake that could have put public safety in jeopardy, records show.

Deputy Thao Nguyen, who was hired in 2012, was suspended for 15 days after he shoved a handcuffed inmate face first into a wall and smashed the inmate’s face with his forearm and elbow, according to a copy of his disciplinary letter obtained by The Denver Post. An internal investigation also found that Nguyen made misleading statements when reporting his use of force incident, the letter said.

It is Nguyen’s second suspension this year for using excessive force. He was suspended for 10 days in March after he used a Taser to shock the fingers of an inmate who was trying to grab him through a door flap.

In both cases, Nguyen was ordered to take remedial use-of-force training.

Read the full story at The Denver Post.

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