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2 Tennessee officers face excessive force charges

July 24, 2019

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Two Tennessee law enforcement officers have been indicted by a federal grand jury on excessive force charges.

News outlets report the U.S. Department of Justice announced the indictment Wednesday. The charges are against Grundy County Sheriff’s Officers 59-year-old Chief Deputy Anthony “Tony” Bean and 29-year-old Sergeant Anthony “T.J.” Bean.

Both lawmen are charged with one count of deprivation of rights under color of law. They are accused of injuring a person under arrest in December 2017.

Anthony “Tony” Bean is also charged with using unreasonable force during an August 2014 arrest when he was chief of the Tracy City Police Department.

Each count carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press and WTVC-TV reached out to Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum for comment but didn’t immediately hear back.

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