BOSTON (AP) — A Plymouth police sergeant has been indicted on charges of using excessive force on a handcuffed detainee by striking him in the head and kneeing him in the body, then lying about it.
Federal prosecutors say 45-year-old Shawn Coughlin was charged Tuesday on charges of deprivation of constitutional rights and falsifying records.
Authorities say Coughlin assaulted a person who had been arrested in a holding cell at the police station last November.
Prosecutors say Coughlin falsely said in the police reports that the arrested person resisted and screamed obscenities and threats, and omitted from reports the alleged assault.
Coughlin faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
A number for Coughlin could not immediately be located.