Sanger Police Officer Indicted for Using Excessive Force in October Traffic Stop

A former Sanger police officer was charged with official oppression and assault on March 30. He was accused of using too much force during a traffic stop in October, according to a press release from the police department.

Cole Thompson, who worked for the Sanger Police Department, was fired in December.

The release says that just after midnight on October 23, the Denton County Sheriff’s Office called the Sanger police about a problem with a car. When the police arrived, they told the driver to get out of the car and walk to the back of it.

The driver did what Thompson asked, but police say that when they got to the back of the car, Thompson used physical force and a Taser to handcuff the driver.

After the event, Thompson filed a report about the use of force. After comparing his report to footage from body-worn and car cameras, officials decided that the incident needed to be looked into more. Thompson was put on administrative leave with pay on November 7 while the investigation was going on.

After officials found that Thompson had used too much force, he was fired.

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