Three deputies convicted, one acquitted in excessive force trial

Three deputies convicted, one acquitted in excessive force trial
Albany Federal Courthouse (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A federal jury issued guilty verdicts for three deputies and one not guilty verdict for another in a trial of excessive force during a 2012 arrest.

Decatur County Deputies Chris Kines and Wade Umbach were found guilty of tampering with a witness, but were found not guilty of making false entries.

Deputy Elizabeth Croley was found guilty of violating the constitutional rights of Aaron Parrish.

Former Grady County deputy Wiley Griffin IV, the son of the Decatur County Sheriff, was found not guilty of violating the rights of Parrish.

The arrest in question happened during the Bainbridge BikeFest in September 2012. Parrish said he was beaten by deputies at the festival.

He sued Decatur County for the deputies actions. They had been charged with writing false reports and making misleading statements to cover up the case.

Click HERE to see a statement from the Department of Justice on the case.

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