Atlanta Cop Found Guilty After Breaking Innocent Man’s Leg, Falsely Accusing Him Of Stealing Tomato

Former Atlanta Police Sergeant Trevor King was found guilty on Dec. 8  of using excessive force in an incident involving Tyrone Carnegay in April 2016.

A federal jury also found King guilty of writing up a false incident report to cover up the excessive force, notes a press release by the U.S. Department of Justice.

King reportedly accused Carnegay of stealing a tomato in a Walmart store even though Carnegay had paid for it.

Store surveillance video filmed King, who was working off-duty as a security officer, repeatedly hitting Carnegay in the leg with a baton.  

Carnegay suffered two broken bones in his leg, and spent three days in jail.

King charged Carnegay with obstructing a shoplifting investigation and with assaulting a police officer, but those charges were dropped.

Acting Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Department said in a statement about King: 

This defendant violated the law and his oath as a police officer when he unjustifiably beat a man with a baton, breaking the man’s leg, because he wrongly believed that the man had stolen a tomato.  The Department of Justice will continue to protect all citizens from violations of their constitutional right to safety and security.

(Sources: U.S. Department of Justice, WSB-TV/YouTube)



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