DENVER — Two Denver Sheriff Department deputies have been suspended for using excessive force against an inmate who was behind the closed door of his cell.

The man was sticking his arms through a small opening in his cell door, used to distribute food and other items, and refused to withdraw his arms into the cell when asked, according to a sheriff’s report.

Deputy Daniel Trujillo was suspended without pay for 60 days for beating the inmate’s outstretched arms with nunchaku and also using the weapon to squeeze the inmate’s arms, according to his disciplinary letter.

Deputy Matthew Hammernik was suspended without pay for 18 days for using his nunchaku to squeeze the inmate’s arms, according to his disciplinary letter.

The Denver Post reported the suspensions Friday.


Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com