Jury Convicts Ex-Atlanta Police Sergeant for Using Excessive Force on Walmart Customer

An off-duty police sergeant in Atlanta, Georgia saw a shoplifter at a local Walmart in October of 2014. 

Sergeant Trevor King arrested the suspected shoplifter and proceeded to beat the victim with his police baton, breaking two bones in the victim’s leg, and then falsified the incident report in an attempt to cover up his misconduct.

A federal jury convicted King, 49, last week of using excessive force on the victim.

“It is extremely disheartening when a law enforcement officer abuses his or her authority and the public’s trust,” said David J. LeValley, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “The actions of this officer are especially insulting to the vast majority of those in law enforcement who work so hard with integrity and commitment within the criminal justice system. The FBI will continue to dedicate significant resources to investigate allegations of public corruption involving police officers.”

According to Acting Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Department, King was working off-duty as a security officer at a Walmart store near downtown Atlanta when he observed a shopper weigh a tomato and walk toward the store’s exit. King stopped the victim near the door and, within seconds, began to strike the victim with an ASP baton.  King struck the victim seven times, breaking two bones in the victim’s right leg.

As the victim lay on the Walmart floor bleeding from his injuries, King searched the victim and found a receipt for the tomato in the victim’s bag. The receipt showed that the victim paid for the tomato only minutes before King’s attack.  King then wrote a false report to cover up his unjustified assault.  Additionally, King charged the victim with obstructing a shoplifting investigation and with assaulting a police officer.

 

 

 

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Tags: Justice Department Civil Division, excessive force, civil rights

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