Jury acquits former Oglala Sioux Tribe police officer

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A federal jury has acquitted a former Oglala Sioux Tribe police officer accused of improperly using a stun gun on an intoxicated man.

The jury on Tuesday found 33-year-old Rebecca Sotherland, of Hot Springs, not guilty on all three charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon.

Authorities had accused Sotherland of using a stun several times last year on Jeffrey Eagle Bull while he was drunk and on the ground. A passer-by shot video and posted it online, drawing attention to the incident.

Eagle Bull wasn’t seriously hurt, and Sotherland was fired shortly after the August 2014 incident in Manderson.

The prosecution said Eagle Bull was so intoxicated he had passed out and had no ability to respond to Sotherland’s commands. Sotherland and her defense attorney argued Eagle Bull was “playing possum” to avoid incarceration.

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