Police Abuse

Officer Charged After Tasing Handcuffed Woman

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McALESTER — A McAlester police officer was arraigned in Pittsburg County District Court on Friday after being charged with felony assault and battery for allegedly tasing a handcuffed woman at point-blank range.

On Friday, McAlester Police Officer Sterling Lee Taylor-Santino pleaded not guilty to one count of felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He was released on his own recognizance pending a Dec. 14 hearing at 9 a.m.

If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in the state penitentiary, according to court documents.