Former Des Moines Police Officer Could be Resentenced

Mersed Dautovic. (WHO-HD)

Mersed Dautovic. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa — A three-judge panel says a former Des Moines police officer found guilty of violation of civil rights by use of excessive force and obstruction of justice received a sentence that was too lenient and that he needs to be sentenced again.

Mersed Dautovic received 20-months in prison for beating Octavius Bonds during a 2008 traffic stop in Des Moines. Bonds suffered a broken hand, broken arm and a gash to his head.

The judge who sentenced Dautovic defended the sentence saying Dautovic had no prior convictions and was unlikely to reoffend.

But the federal appeals panel disagrees saying Dautovic lied in court, wrote a false police report, and showed no remorse.

One judge called the former officer’s conduct “egregious.”

Dautovic was released from prison in January.

His attorney says he will appeal the ruling.

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