From Indian Country Today;
An officer charged with repeatedly using a Taser on an allegedly intoxicated man was found not guilty by a federal jury last week in Rapid City.
Rebecca Sotherland, 33, was fired from the Oglala Sioux Tribe police force in 2014 after a cell phone video surfaced showing her using a Taser approximately 28 times on Jeffery Eagle Bull while he was lying unresponsive on the ground in Manderson.
A 12-person jury found Sotherland not guilty of three criminal charges, including deprivation of Constitutional rights, assault with a dangerous weapon and obstruction of a federal investigation by filing a false report.
In the cell phone video shot by a passerby, which went viral after the August 15, 2014 incident, approximately 17 Taser jolts can be counted. However, according to the Associated Press, 28 jolts can reportedly be detected in the 26-minute video Sotherland’s body camera recorded during the encounter, which was played during the trial.