Sheriff’s officers charged with assaulting suspects

According to the Justice Department, each of the counts carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

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A federal grand jury in Tennessee recently indicted two Grundy County Sheriff’s Officers for using excessive force against arrestees in separate incidents. According to the indictment, one of the defendants was serving as Chief of Police with the Tracy City Police Department when he allegedly assaulted and injured an arrestee.

In August 2014, then-Tracy City Police Chief Anthony “Tony” Bean reportedly used unreasonable force when he assaulted and injured an arrestee only identified as “C.G.” in court documents. Currently serving as Chief Deputy of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, Tony Bean, 59, was indicted Wednesday with one count of deprivation of rights under color of law in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 242.

In December 2017, Deputy Chief Tony Bean and Sergeant Anthony “T.J.” Bean of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office allegedly used unreasonable force while assaulting and injuring an arrestee identified only as “F.M.” On Wednesday, a federal grand jury charged Deputy Chief Bean and Sgt. Bean, 29, each with one count of deprivation of rights under color of law for their roles in the assault against F.M.

On Wednesday afternoon, Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum issued the following statement: “The investigation into the alleged incident has been ongoing for nearly a year. The Sheriff’s Office has cooperated with the Department of Justice through the investigation and will continue to do so. This is certainly not the outcome we expected. Currently, I am considering my options regarding their employment status within the agency.”

According to the Justice Department, each of the counts carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

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