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Decatur Co. Sheriff wants 'justice'


Four law enforcement officers have been charged with civil rights violations, stemming from an incident that took place at Bainbridge Bikefest in 2012.

Decatur County Sheriff's Deputy Wiley Griffin IV and Captain Liz Croley were charged with violating an individual's civil rights.

Croley, along with Deputy Chris Kines, and Deputy Robert Umbach were charged with writing false statements.

Sheriff Griffin said that he believes justice will prevail.

"The federal indictment only hears one side of the story, and in court we get to tell our side of the story," he said. "Those officers will be exonerated and they will get back to doing what they do best, and that's protecting the citizens of Decatur county."

The case is far from over. Two of the deputies have now been assigned to administrative duties at the department since Georgia law prohibits any indicted officer from performing any law enforcement duties.

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