Police protected their own; now an innocent woman is dead

LEONARD PITTS JR., July 13, 2018, Miami Herald, “Police protected their own; now an innocent woman is dead”, https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/leonard-pitts-jr/article214880315.html#storylink=cpy

Former NFL player Desmond Marrow claims police brutality during arrest in Georgia


Desmond Marrow, who played briefly in the NFL, posted a video to Facebook on Thursday of his arrest by police in Georgia back in December.

The video shows Henry County police officers push a handcuffed Marrow into the back of a truck and then pick up his legs to slam him to the ground. Marrow can be heard saying, “I am not even fighting back.” He also yells, “I can’t breathe” as an officer has his hand on his neck.

In the post, Marrow says, “I Was Falsely Arrested & taken into custody in #Atlanta #Georgia #HenryCounty by the Henry County Police. I Only Had My Cell Phone in my possession & they claimed to be scared for their lives. I had No type of weapon in my possession, I was arrested for having a Gun that turned out to be my Cell Phone.”

Marrow continued, “During the arrest the police knocked my teeth out, slammed me on my head and choked me out until I was unconscious. In addition I suffered a shoulder strain and a concussion… This has affected me mentally and impacted my life in a way I can’t even humanly describe . This isn’t a cry for sympathy, I just need it to be known . . . My cry is for JUSTICE.”

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith posted on Twitter after watching the video.

“This is why there is a place for both activism and action,” Smith tweeted. “I certainly don’t have all of the facts but the video warrants a full investigation into what occurred.”

Henry County Police said in a post on social media that it “is reviewing the events surrounding the arrest of Mr. Desmond Marrow, who was arrested by Henry County Police on December 2, 2017.

“Although at the time of arrest an initial use of force review was conducted by Internal Affairs, earlier this month, Police Chief Mark Amerman ordered an Internal Affairs Investigation to be conducted. As of today, the officer involved is on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation,” the statement continued. “The criminal case against Mr. Marrow is currently pending in the Henry County District Attorney’s Office. The Henry County Police Department takes any charges of excessive use of force very seriously and wants to assure the public that this event will be fully investigated.”

On Friday, Henry County District Attorney Darius Pattillo posted on Facebook, “The portion of the video distributed is graphic and violent, and we understand why people are disturbed by this.”

Pattillo said his office is investigating the charges against Morrow “of felony obstruction, misdemeanor reckless driving and misdemeanor aggressive driving.”

Pattilo also stated, “In addition to the criminal case, my office will conduct an investigation parallel to the Henry County Police Department’s Internal Affairs’ investigation…. We are looking at the full video of the incident captured by witnesses, as well as police dash cameras, witness statements, police reports and all other evidence.”

John Connolly, April 27, 2018, NorthJersey.com, “Former NFL player Desmond Marrow claims police brutality during arrest in Georgia”, https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nfl/2018/04/27/former-nfl-player-desmond-marrow-claims-police-brutality-during-arrest-georgia/560355002/

Cop Broke Innocent Shopper’s Leg over a Tomato, Filed a False Report

By Melina Delkic

An off-duty police sergeant in Atlanta, Georgia was trying to stop a shoplifter at his local Walmart one afternoon in October 2014.

The problem? He broke the man’s leg over one tomato; he made up a story to cover his tracks; and, as it turned out, he was wrong about the theft in the first place.

Former Police Sergeant Trevor King of Stockbridge, Georgia was convicted by a federal jury on Friday of using excessive force on Tyrone Carnegay, and breaking two bones in his leg with a baton. King, 49, wrote a false incident report, alleging that the shopper had assaulted him (which was not true).

Jury Convicts Former Atlanta Police Sergeant for Using Excessive Force to Break Walmart Customer’s Leg https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/jury-convicts-former-atlanta-police-sergeant-using-excessive-force-break-walmart-customer-s 

When the police officer, working off-duty as a security guard for Walmart, noticed Carnegay weigh a tomato and walk toward the store’s exit, Carnegay said he had a receipt for it, prosecutors said. Ignoring him, Carnegay struck him seven times with the baton. As Carnegay lay bleeding on the floor of the Walmart, King searched him and found the aforementioned receipt, according to the Department of Justice. However, King proceeded to make up the assault story, charging Carnegay with obstructing a shoplifting investigation and assaulting a police officer, and he took him to jail.

“It is extremely disheartening when a law enforcement officer abuses his or her authority and the public’s trust,” David J. LeValley, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta, said in a statement about the incident.

Carnegay, who now has a titanium rod in his leg, told local station WSB-TV that, after the assault, he was chained to a hospital bed in Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for a ruptured artery and broken bones. Carnegay’s charges weren’t dropped until one year later.

“When he found the receipt and the money and everything,” said Carnegay, “he just stared at it like he hadn’t done nothing.”

After a July mistrial, a recently retired Atlanta Police Officer is back in federal court, charged for excessively beating a man over a tomato that wasn’t stolen. How his APD history played into this off-duty incident @wsbtv 4:55

“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,” Acting Attorney General John Gore, of the Civil Rights Department, wrote in a statement.

Carnegay is suing Walmart and King. King retired from the Atlanta Police Department in January of 2017, and the trial began in July of 2017.

Melina Delkic, “Police Officer Broke a Shopper’s Leg for Stealing a Tomato, Realized He Was Wrong, and Filed a False Report”, http://www.newsweek.com/police-officer-broke-shoppers-leg-over-tomato-743414


Officer allegedly showed up to firearms training with alcohol in system

by: Mike Petchenik Updated: Jul 7, 2017 – 7:51 PM

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – A Roswell police detective is serving a 30-day suspension after investigators said he showed up to a firearms training class with alcohol in his system, and records show the stresses of his job might have led to the incident.

Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik obtained Detective Zackery Kowalske’s personnel file and the internal affairs investigation into what happened.

On May 31, records show Kowalske showed up late for a firearms class at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Ga.

Documents said an instructor asked Kowalske why he was late and noted that an odor of alcohol was coming from his breath.

The report said Kowalske admitted to drinking six beers the night before and said that he had “passed or blacked out” in his hotel room and overslept.

The instructor took a blood alcohol reading at the facility and records show it registered at 0.04, which is below the legal limit to drive.

“Kowalske would have had to been at a 0.16 or 0.18 with the normal elimination rate when he quit drinking and went to bed,” the instructor noted in the internal affairs report.

Kowalske told investigators that he normally drinks himself to sleep because he sees “ghosts” as the result of post-traumatic stress disorder from his role as a crime scene investigator.

Kowalske also said that he was having trouble sleeping due to a shooting involving a car chase and being assigned to investigate a double homicide behind a grocery store, according to the report.

The report also said the veteran detective sees the image of a 4-year-old boy who was hanged by his father in 2013.

In a memo obtained by Petchenik, Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant ultimately decided to suspend Kowalske for 30 days for violating department policies, including reporting unfit for duty and transporting alcohol in his city vehicle.

Grant ruled Kowalske will have to undergo a “Fitness for Duty Evaluation,” won’t be able to attend training at GPSTC for a year and will be transferred to a different division.

“I think he should get a chance,” Roswell resident Darlene Jenkins told Petchenik after hearing about the suspension. “He needs to address it solve the problem.”

Northside Hospital psychotherapist Nikeisha Whatley-Leon told Petchenik that PTSD is not uncommon in first responders, especially police.

“The symptoms would be something similar to reliving the experience, having nightmares, not being able to sleep,” she said. “We’ve seen veterans, we’ve seen policemen that have been exposed to experiences that have been very traumatizing to where it impacts their way of functioning.”

Whatley-Leon said one coping mechanism is to drink.

“We know that talk therapy helps… putting them in an environment where they feel safe,” she said.

She told Petchenik departments need to do a better job of monitoring the mental health of their officers.

“When someone has been exposed to something that’s not the normal routine of life, that you have support in place, whether it’s through EAP, a crisis therapist on hand, and also having ongoing evaluations of mental health status,” she said. “It’s almost like you’re putting them in the fire but not giving them the support to get them out or to keep them geared up to keep them going.”

Grant declined to comment because the case was a personnel issue. Petchenik reached out to Kowalske via email, but did not hear back.


Macon deputies fired after alleged sex and bribery violations

  • By JACQUELYN CARLISLE Community News Editor
  • Jun 29, 2017
 Andrew Dixon

Two employees with the Macon County Sheriff’s Department have been arrested and charged in two separate cases.

In recent weeks county jailor Andrew Dixon and a deputy/investigator Jason Whitt were arrested on sexual misconduct and bribery charges, respectively.

Dixon, a correctional officer in the Macon County jail, was arrested in early June after the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) was called by Macon County Sheriff Andre’ Brunson upon receiving information that Dixon possibly having unlawful sexual contact with an inmate.

“A female complained to the administration that she had sexual contact with Dixon,” Brunson said. “After getting this information, I called SBI to conduct the investigation because I wanted the community to know we do things by the book.”

Dixon, who is also the janitor at the Tuskegee Police Department, has been placed on leave and was given the option to resign by the Police Department.

“The City Attorney (Milton Davis) advised that we give Mr. Dixon the option to resign. If he does not then we will terminate him,” said Police Chief Lester Patrick. “We have not heard from him at this time, so we will probably terminate him.”

Patrick made the statement concerning termination on Tuesday, June 27 before The Tuskegee News went to press for the June 29 edition.

Dixon was charged with four counts of custodial sex abuse involving four different inmates in the Macon County facility.

According to court records:

•The first female reported sexual misconduct on July 29, 2016 and again March 25, 2017.

•The second inmate reported sexual contact between April 6 and June 9, 2017.

•A third inmate reported the unlawful sexual contact between April 29 and June 9, 2017.

•The fourth and final inmate to make a report against Dixon said contact was made between April 9 and June 9, 2017. The sexual misconduct and contact were defined as touching, oral sex and penetration.

Dixon has since made bond and has been fired by the Sheriff’s Department.

K-9 Deputy and Investigator Whitt was arrested on Friday, June 23 and charged with two counts of extortion. He was fired after a month-long investigation by SBI and after Brunson had been informed that Whitt was possibly doing some things that were inappropriate and taking money from inmates.

There may be more charges against Whitt, who also has been fired from the department and released from the Chambers County Jail on bond.

“I am not going to allow people to take unlawful advantage of anyone, especially my officers,” Brunson said.

“I am so sorry these things have happened at the department, but I will not allow any wrongdoings to take place on my watch. I do not care who is doing wrong, they will be arrested and charged.”

Inmates slip out briefly

as lock malfunctions

In another incident, Sheriff Brunson said a malfunctioning lock led to two inmates walking out of the jail this past weekend.

The inmates did not leave the premises and eventually knocked on the door of the jail to be let back inside.

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks,” Brunson said. “It’s unfortunate that all these things just happened at one time.”

Two inmates said a door popped open on Friday night (June 23) and they went outside and through a cut in the fence to a wooded area about 40 feet from the facility. They had someone bring them food, cigarettes, and a cell phone. They enjoyed their freedom for about two hours before going back to be let into the jail, according a report by WSFA television station.

Sheriff Brunson said he doesn’t consider it an escape because the inmates never left the vicinity.

“Some kind of way, the lock came open. To me, it looks like someone hit it a little bit, but it shouldn’t have come out that door like that. It malfunctioned. That’s what we’re investigating right now,” Brunson said. “They walked behind the building and sat down back there and came right back.”

All of the other locks were inspected and no problems were found. Work is being done on the faulty lock by the company who recently installed all of them.

“That shouldn’t have happened. Even if somebody beat on it, it should not have completely come out like that,” Brunson commented.


GA deputy fired, accused of sexual assault on duty

– A southeast Georgia deputy has been fired following accusations of sexually assaulting someone while on duty.

Investigators said Atkinson County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Spikes responded to a domestic violence call on Guthrie Heights Road last Saturday, June 17, in Axson, Georgia. The next day, someone called the sheriff’s office, and complained about a sexual assault involving Spikes.

Spikes, 49, admitted to the sexual act, but said it was consensual, according to authorities.

Sheriff David Moore confirmed Spikes was immediately terminated from his position at the sheriff’s office.

The case has been turned over to the District Attorney’s Office, who will determine the charges against Spikes. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been asked to investigate the case.

Spikes worked for the Atkinson County Sheriff’s Office for three years and had no prior incidents.


Deputies touch breasts, genitals after sheriff orders schoolwide pat-down, students say


, June 07, 2017, http://www.modbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article154845684.html?platform=hootsuite

Stone Mountain police officer, son arrested after road rage incident involving gun

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — A Stone Mountain police officer and her son were arrested on numerous charges after an alleged road rage incident involving a gun in Newton County.

Randy Foster said he was headed to the Dungeon Gym on Brown Bridge Road May 13 when a female driver cut him off and her son, who was in the passenger seat, pointed a gun at him.

Foster said he kept heading toward the gym, knowing that his uncle was there. He said the car followed him.

The two cars pulled up to the gym. As Foster got out of his vehicle, he said the teen passenger in the other car followed him. Foster said he was banging on the locked door of the gym when the teen came toward him with a gun.

“You don’t know what a person’s gonna do when they’re holding a weapon — what they’re thinking a lot of emotions going through your head, your family, what you’re worth,” Foster said. “Everything goes through your head at that moment.”

Foster’s uncle got between the two: “Look, this is not what we want to do,” he said.

Authorities were called to the scene.

It was discovered that the driver of the vehicle that followed Foster was Diane Sinclair, an officer with the Stone Mountain Police Department. She was arrested on charges of reckless conduct.

Her son, Terrence Sinclair, was also arrested on numerous charges, including aggravated assault, pointing a pistol at another and possession of a pistol by a minor.

Stone Mountain Police Chief Chancey Troutman said that Sinclair has been placed on paid administrative leave pending outcome of an internal investigation.



APD officer fired for excessive force after shooting man in van

by: Nefertiti Jaquez Updated: May 19, 2017 – 10:22 AM


ATLANTA – Channel 2 Action News has confirmed the Atlanta police officer who opened fire on a man driving a van behind the Georgia Dome has been fired for using excessive force.

Channel 2’s Nefertiti Jaquez has obtained documents that show Sgt. Mathieu Cadeau’s has been terminated from the department.

“The reality is, the physical evidence doesn’t lie,” attorney Shean Williams told Jaquez after reviewing the documents confirming Cadeau’s termination.

Williams represents Noel Hall, of North Carolina, who was shot by Cadeau while driving his van out of a motocross event at the Georgia Dome in February.

“The law is clear. You cannot fire. You cannot fire a deadly weapon without your life or someone’s life being in danger,” Williams said.

Jaquez spoke on the phone Thursday night  to Hall, who said he was pleased to hear Cadeau had been removed from the force.

“Extremely happy, I think it’s the first step in justice,” Hall said. “What would make him think I was trying to accelerate at him with kids and grandkids in the car?”

According to the documents, Cadeau was working an off-duty job directing traffic along Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard that night.

He told investigators he shot at Hall’s van because, “I was in fear of my safety, the safety of other traffic personnel and the pedestrians.”

“The driver looked away and then made a hard left turn with high acceleration,” Cadeau said in his report.

“If his life was in danger he would have emptied a clip in me, he wouldn’t have just shot one time,” Hall told Jaquez.

Investigators didn’t think Cadeau’s story added up.

They said he was standing near the driver’s side window when he fired at the van so he was never in danger of being hit by Hall.

They also interviewed a witness who said, “As the driver drove around the two officers, one officer ran alongside the van and ‘popped a shot off.'”

“There is no reasonable excuse for what happened,” Williams said.

Jaquez went to Cadeau’s home for comment, but no one was there.

Documents indicate that Cadeau was notified of the firing May 8, which will become effective on Friday.

Sources close to this case told Jaquez that the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office is now investigating whether criminal charges should be brought against Cadeau.




Deputy placed on leave following dismissed drug case against ex-Hawks player

by: Nicole Carr Updated: May 5, 2017 – 10:53 AM

BANKS COUNTY, Ga. – Channel 2 Action News has learned one of the deputies involved in the 2015 arrest of an ex-Atlanta Hawks player has been placed on administrative leave, while the department seeks funding for dash cameras.

The Banks County Sheriff confirmed the move to Channel 2’s Nicole Carr on Thursday, less than a day after the state dismissed a felony drug case against NBA player Mike Scott. The dismissal was based on a lack of probable cause and a determination of racial profiling.

“At this point, he is on leave and we’re in the process of evaluating our policies and procedures,” Sheriff Carlton Speed told Carr. “(We’re) certainly going to work to correct any issues out there.”

Court records show Deputy Brent Register described a chase that never took place when he and another deputy arrested Scott and his younger brother Antonn Scott along Interstate 85 in Banks County in July 2015.

Register testified he went after Antonn Scott for driving too closely behind another car, and alleged Scott led him on a two-mile chase that reached speeds of 98 miles per hour.

But towing and dispatch records indicate there was never a chase. All the vehicles came to a stop within twelve seconds of Register turning on his blue lights. The records also show the brothers’ rental car was towed from mile marker 154, two miles ahead of the place Registered testified the non-existent chase ended.


“I think they see two black guys in a car and they’re going to pull them out and put them in handcuffs,” said Weiner. “This time, they got called on it.”

The courts also questioned Register’s credibility based on prior issues in previous departments and his recent arrest records. They noted more than 75 percent of his arrests in the past year were of minorities, while Banks County is comprised of a 93 percent white population. Carr pulled Register’s police certification records that classify him as being Hispanic.

“This is the most extreme racial profiling I’ve ever seen,” said Scott’s attorney, Steve Weiner. “It is scary  to think that they could do this and how long they’ve been doing this.”


Weiner said the Scott brothers were headed home to Virginia in a rental car, and Mike Scott was sleeping during much of the incident. A second deputy met Register to arrest the brothers before searching the car.

“Within 10 seconds, there are two officers one on each side of the car, with weapons drawn, telling them to get out,” said Weiner.

Mike Scott admitted to having marijuana in the car when asked about drugs by deputies. Police said they seized more than an ounce of marijuana and 10.9 grams of the drug known on the street as Molly.

“I understand, and I understand how people feel,” said Weiner. “But the sanctity of being able to drive or be in your house without being stopped or arrested without any probable cause to me is more important to the future of our country and to us as individuals than what they found.”


Sheriff Speed told Carr he didn’t get a chance to see the 300-page case file until Wednesday evening, after Superior Court Judge Currie Mingledorff made his ruling. That’s when Register was put on admin leave pending the department’s internal investigation.

On Thursday morning, Speed went to the County Commissioner’s budget meeting and requested $50,000 worth of dash cam equipment for his small department of 65 paid employees. Less than half of them are sworn officers.

“(It’s) So we can have them in the future because they’re being brought into question by the courts,” said Speed.

Speed said all of his officers go through biased-based training, and he does not believe his department has a racial profiling issue. He wants the public’s trust.

“At no time, shape, or fashion are we out to do anything to harm,” said Speed. “We’re here to serve the public. I’m a man of deep convictions, and I’m certainly not going to do anything to discredit this office, or shed a bad light on the people of Banks County.”

Weiner said Scott looks forward to returning to the NBA as a free agent this summer, adding, “And hopefully this won’t happen to anybody ever again.”