A federal grand jury has indicted two Grundy County Sheriff’s Department officers on excessive force charges.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday released the grand jury indictments of deputy chief Anthony “Tony” Bean, 59, and deputy Anthony “T.J.” Bean, 29, for “using excessive force against arrestees.”
Both father and son have been charged 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 Department, used unreasonable force when they assaulted and injured arrestee F.M. in December 2017.
The indictment also accuses Tony Bean of assaulting another arrestee in August of 2014. He has been charged 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. 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 the arrestee.
An FBI investigation into the alleged incident has been ongoing for nearly a year.
Grundy County Sheriff Department released the following statement:
“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 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.”
The Department of Justice says each of the counts carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.