A Clayton County Police officer is facing criminal charges after allegedly attacking a teenager.
Sgt. Kevin Tyrone Hughes was arrested Saturday after the police department received a complaint for misconduct after an alleged physical altercation that happened Friday morning.
Clayton County Police said they first became aware of the incident after they were notified by school officials, who were contacted by the teenager. The department said there was physical evidence of the assault and that family members were present during the incident.
Authorities charged Hughes with Battery, False Imprisonment and Cruelty to Children in the second degree. The Clayton County Police chief also revoked all of Hughes’s power and put him on unpaid administrative leave.
11Alive’s Neima Abdulahi spoke to people in the community, who said they were shocked to hear about the allegation.
Joyce Dawson is a grandmother and said it’s just a sad situation.
“In this time that we are living in, there are so many injustices going on that I just pray that it’s a just situation that is the outcome of this,” Dawson said. “However, I’m glad that he is not being paid.”
The department’s Office of Professional Standards will conduct an administrative investigation into the incident, along with an on-going criminal investigation.
In a statement, the Chief of Police said that “the investigation will be driven by the facts of the case and Sergeant Hughes will be treated as any other citizen that has been accused of a crime.”
Hughes was booked into the Clayton County Sheriff’s Detention center, but has since been released on bond.