Metro Police officer sentenced to prison for excessive force

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 | 11:39 a.m.

A former Las Vegas police officer has become the first in recent memory sentenced to prison for excessive force, after his body camera showed him slamming a woman‘s head against his patrol vehicle and dragging her to the ground in January 2015.

Richard Thomas Scavone was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Richard Boulware to an additional year of supervised release for what the woman‘s lawyer once characterized as unjustified “street justice” for his client, who Scavone had accused of loitering.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada calls the sentence an example of body cameras bringing abuses to light and providing justice for victims.

Scavone was an eight-year police officer. He was fired in September 2016 and pleaded guilty last September to federal deprivation of rights under color of law, a misdemeanor.