Iowa Sheriff Refuses Requests in Stun-Gun Case

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By Ben Hoppenworth

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - The Muscatine County sheriff has refused to publicly disclose how he determined that no rules or policies were broken when a mentally ill jail inmate was repeatedly shocked with a stun gun last fall. Now, members of the sheriff's own political party are calling for an independent investigation.

The Des Moines Register reports that Sheriff Dave White has denied the newspaper's repeated requests for documentation or interviews explaining his conclusion that no laws were broken and jail policies were followed when the woman, Marie Franks, was shocked four times in eight minutes during the Oct. 7 incident.

Franks suffers from bipolar disorder and was off her medication at the time.

The Muscatine County Democratic Central Committee plans to meet next week to discuss next steps.

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