Two Former Police Officers Face Federal Charges

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted two former Des Moines police officers on charges stemming from an alleged assault on a man during a traffic stop in 2008.

The U.S. attorney's office says Mersed Dautovic and John Mailander were indicted on Tuesday. Dautovic is charged with violating the civil rights of Octavius Bonds by beating him with a baton. Dautovic and Mailander are charged with obstructing justice by falsifying a written statement about the incident.

A telephone message for Dautovic's attorney, Keith Riggs, wasn't returned Tuesday evening. Court documents don't list an attorney for Mailander.

Both officers resigned in 2009.

Bonds and Erin Evans, the driver of the car, sued the city, accusing the officers of excessive force. The city agreed in September to pay $500,000 to settle the case.
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