Sheriff’s Deputy’s 3rd Alleged Flashlight Beating Costs Sacramento County $200K

KCBS_740SACRAMENTO (CBS SF/AP) — Sacramento County has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle an excessive-force complaint that alleges a suspect was needlessly beaten by a deputy wielding a flashlight. This is the third such settlement in eight years.

The Sacramento Bee reported that the settlement stems from a lawsuit filed by John Reyes, who alleged that Deputy Paul “Scotte” Pfeifer beat him with a flashlight, doused him in pepper spray and shot him with a stun gun during a December 2014 confrontation outside a Starbucks.

The lawsuit has been dismissed with neither party admitting wrongdoing.

Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull said he was not aware of the settlement and had no comment.

The settlement is the third involving Pfeifer and alleged flashlight beatings since 2008. Sacramento County previously paid $150,000 to settle a lawsuit over the beating of a parolee pulled over while driving a stolen car just three months before the Reyes beating.

The county also paid $20,000 to settle a woman’s lawsuit alleging Pfeifer beat her legs with a flashlight while trying to get her inside his patrol car.

Pfeifer is a 15-year veteran of the sheriff’s department and remains on duty, according to the Bee.

TM and © Copyright 2016 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten. The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS San Francisco

Get The New CBS SF Bay Area Local App
Got Our Weather App?

Listen Live