Officers plead not guilty in federal court

Officers plead not guilty in federal court

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The four indicted officers from the BikeFest incident in 2012 had a first appearance Tuesday morning in Albany federal court.

They all pleaded not guilty.

The judge released them on a few conditions: They must turn in their passports; they can't travel outside of Georgia, Florida and Alabama; they may not have any contact with co-defendants outside the presence of their lawyers.

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

Prosecutors say Griffin used excessive force when arresting a suspect at the Bainbridge BikeFest in September 2012.

Croley, along with Deputy Chris Kines, and Deputy Robert Umbach were charged with writing false statements in a cover up attempt.

Sheriff Wiley Griffin stands behind the officers, and said that he believes justice will prevail.

Judge Louis Sands will set the trial date later.

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