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Two GC Officers Charged with Fed Civil Rights Offenses

Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 1:20 pm

Chief Deputy Anthony “Tony” Bean, 59, and Sergeant Anthony “T.J.” Bean, 29, of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office were indicted today by a federal grand jury in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for using excessive force against arrestees, announced U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee J. Douglas Overbey, Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and FBI-Knoxville Special Agent in Charge Troy A. Sowers.

The indictment charges Deputy Chief Tony Bean and Deputy T.J. Bean with one count of deprivation of rights under color of law in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 242 for an incident involving an arrestee identified by the initials F.M..  The indictment alleges that the defendants, while serving with the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, used unreasonable force when they assaulted and injured arrestee F.M. (Freddie Meeks) in December 2017.

The indictment additionally charges Tony Bean with one count of deprivation of rights under color of law in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 242 for an incident involving arrestee C.G (Calvin Green).  The indictment alleges that, while serving as Chief of Police with the Tracy City Police Department,

Tony Bean used unreasonable force when he assaulted and injured arrestee C.G. in August 2014 (at this time, Bean was with the Tracy City Police Department).

 Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum acknowledged that Chief Deputy Tony Bean and Sgt. T.J. Bean have been indicted by the federal grand jury on claims of excessive force. 

“The investigation into the alleged incident as been ongoing for nearly a year,” stated Shrum in a press release.  “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.” 

Each of the counts charging a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 242 carries a maximum penalty of 10 years of imprisonment.  An indictment is merely an accusation and each defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Knoxville Division of the FBI, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Perry H. Piper of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee and Trial Attorneys Rebekah J. Bailey and Kathryn E. Gilbert of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.