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Former Des Moines Officer Gets 20 Months in Prison

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    April 14, 2014 | 8:41 am
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A former Des Moines police officer has been sentenced to prison for using excessive force on a man during a 2008 traffic stop.

    The Des Moines Register reports that 29-year-old Mersed Dautovic had been convicted in federal court of violating a person's civil rights by using excessive force and of obstruction of justice. On Wednesday, Dautovic was given 20 months in federal prison.

    The case stemmed from a September 2008 traffic stop in which Dautovic and his partner, John Mailander, were accused of beating Octavius Bonds with batons. Bonds and Erin Evans, the driver of the car, sued the city, which paid $500,000 to settle the case.

    Mailander pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

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