Ex-Louisiana police officer gets 9 years for excessive force

Ex-Louisiana police officer gets 9 years for excessive force
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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A former member of a Louisiana police department has been sentenced to nine years in prison for using excessive force on someone he arrested.

U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote sentenced 35-year-old Codi Dodge, the former deputy chief of investigations for the St. Martinville Police Department, on Thursday. Dodge was convicted in November on charges of violating the civil rights of an arrestee by using excessive force and of obstructing justice and conspiring with others to do so.

Prosecutors said that in August 2016, Dodge forced his way into the home of someone he suspected of stealing from him, striking the person in the face with a firearm before arresting him.

Prosecutors say he also conspired with others to falsify reports about the incident.