A Desert Hot Springs police officer and a former officer have been charged with using excessive force when they allegedly stunned three unarmed suspects, two of them handcuffed, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
Officer Anthony Sclafani, 40, and former officer David Raymond Henderson, 51, surrendered voluntarily and were booked Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles before a court appearance.
A federal grand jury indicted the men last year on civil rights charges in three incidents in 2004 and 2005.
Sclafani used an X26 Taser gun in February 2005 to stun a man who was handcuffed and in police custody at the Desert Hot Springs jail, according to the indictment and an interview with Assistant U.S. Atty. Steven Arkow.
In a separate incident the next day, Sclafani allegedly used a Taser to stun a woman detained at the jail and pepper-sprayed her face and eyes.