- Associated Press - Saturday, July 19, 2014

HARRISON, Ark. (AP) - The police chief of Bull Shoals was found not guilty Friday night on two counts related to a 2013 arrest.

A mistrial was declared on the third count of use of excessive force in the case of Daniel Sutterfield, according to The Baxter Bulletin (https://bit.ly/1oTGNJx ). The jury acquitted Sutterfield on charges of conspiracy and falsifying a police report.

The charges were related to the July 2013 arrest of Nicholas Dore on suspicion of domestic abuse.

Prosecutors could seek another trial on the use of excessive force charge, but they made no announcement of any intention to do that Friday night.

Sutterfield had faced up to 10 years in prison on the use of excessive force charge, up to five years on the conspiracy charge and up to 20 years for falsifying a police report. He also faced a fine of up $250,000.

When the verdicts in the case were read, Sutterfield looked at his defense counsel and smiled.

Dore has filed a civil lawsuit against Sutterfield, Bull Shoals police officer David Chatman and the city of Bull Shoals.

Prosecutors said Sutterfield, 35, kicked and beat Dore with a shotgun and threw him into a fireplace. They said Sutterfield ordered Chatman to write a false report.

Sutterfield’s lawyer, Bruce Eddy, said during closing arguments that Sutterfield, in fact, didn’t use enough force during the arrest.

“Chief Sutterfield always tried to use the least amount of force necessary,” Eddy said. “That probably created more problems.”

U.S. Attorney Cindy Chung told the jury that Sutterfield’s story had changed over time.

“Look at his notes, and what he said on the stand. They don’t match,” she said. She later said that Sutterfield tried to make Chatman the fall guy.

“He made Chatman write the false report because he knew Chatman wanted to go to the law enforcement academy,” she said.


Information from: The Baxter Bulletin, https://www.baxterbulletin.com

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