WEST MEMPHIS, AR (KAIT) – A West Memphis police officer and a police investigator have been indicted on civil rights violations.
On Wednesday, April 6, 39-year-old Officer Scott McCall of West Memphis was indicted by a federal grand jury in Little Rock on one count of deprivation of rights under color of law.
Also indicted was the police department's director of internal affairs, 56-year-old Lester Ditto of Cordova, Tennessee.
He was indicted on three counts of witness tampering.
The charges stem from the assault of a man on June 14, 2010. According to the indictment, McCall choked a man identified only as "M.Y." The court documents state Ditto attempted to intimidate two dispatchers over a span of several months.
If convicted, McCall could face 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Ditto could faces as much as 20 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.