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November 18, 2012

Former reserve deputy says officer charged for tazing handcuffed woman getting a bad deal

McALESTER — A former Pittsburg County reserve deputy says a McAlester police officer charged with a felony after tazing a handcuffed woman isn’t being treated fairly by the judicial system.

In October, McAlester Police Officer Sterling Lee Taylor-Santino pleaded not guilty to one count of felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He was released on his own recognizance pending a Dec. 14 hearing. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in the state penitentiary, according to court documents.
McAlester resident Cheryl Kelley a former reserve deputy for Pittsburg County Sheriffs department said she’s known Taylor several years and the felony charge against the officer is not fair.
“He is one of the best officers I know,” Kelley said.
She wants McAlester residents to support officer Taylor.
“McAlester residents should stand up for Officer Sterling Taylor and stand up for all law enforcement officers so they wont hesitate to stand up for you for fear of being punished like Officer Sterling Taylor.”
On a June 24 police video that can be seen at www.mcalesternews.com, Nakina Williams, 28, is seen on the video with her hands cuffed and lifted behind her on a counter at the Pittsburg County jail. She appears to spit at Taylor-Santino who then fires a Taser, striking Williams in the left breast.
Williams was given a 10-year suspended sentence for felony assault and battery on a police officer, public intoxication and expectorating on a police officer. 
Williams was given a 10-year suspended sentence for felony assault and battery on a police officer, and for public intoxication and expectorating on a police officer. She said she has scars on her hands from the handcuffs and on her chest from the probes being pulled out by another police officer while she was still in the booking area of the jail.

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