Former Deputy Sheriff faces up to 10 years in Prison
FARMINGTON – Last year former San Juan County Sheriff Deputy, Dale Frazier, 56, beat a Navajo Man, Donavan Tanner with his duty flash light on St. Patrick’s Day- and it was all caught on his dash cam.
Now, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales he faces some tough civil right charges. Frazier is being charged with one count of unlawful assault with a dangerous weapon Kenneth said, the Deputy violated Tanners right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer.
Tanner, filed a law suit in April of 2011- against San Juan County, Farmington PD, claiming civil right violation, it was later settled for $250,000.
Farmington borders the Navajo Nation, the racial tension between law enforcement and the Navajo people have been sour- Back in 2008, a Farmington Police Officer, Shawn Scott shot and killed a Navajo man in a Wal-Mart parking lot, after a brutal court battle- the officer was never charged.