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WAGNER, S.D. (AP) — Federal officials have determined that there weren’t civil rights violations after an excessive police force claim from the family of a Yankton Sioux elder who had rushed to a Wagner nursing home to see his dying mother.

The Argus Leader reports FBI agents reviewed state law enforcement’s report on the incident, and U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler examined their reports.

A state trooper tried to pull over 64-year-old Ray Cournoyer Sr. for speeding in September, and the trooper and Wagner police officer Eli Kuhlman attempted to grab Cournoyer after he parked.

Trooper Weston Fischer’s report says Kuhlman used his stun gun on Cournoyer and pulled him to the ground, making Fischer to fall on top.

Kuhlman, whose was the focus of the excessive force allegations, was sent to training. Cournoyer was charged with eluding.


Information from: Argus Leader,