Two Marion deputies get slaps on wrist for tasing disabled woman
Cops get at least 12 months in federal jail for incident
MARION — A couple of Marion Police Office deputies will spend a paltry one-plus years in jail for assaulting a disabled woman 24 months ago.
Eric Walters and Franklin Brown were sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in October 2014 to deprivation of rights under color of law.
Deputy Brown got a bit more time than Deputy Walters. Deputy Brown got 18 to 24 months in prison, while Deputy Walters got 12 to 18 months.
This is because Mr. Brown shocked a 40-year-old woman while she was in a vulnerable position.
Prosecutors said the deputies, who were fired about three weeks later, should have known the victim was mentally disabled, and her caretaker said in a lawsuit the woman was well known in the small town.
Twenty-four months ago, Deputy Walters approached the victim while on patrol. He spotted her leaving the yard of a home for sale and suspected she might have broken into it.
The deputy asked the victim what she was doing and then shocked her with a Taser in an unprovoked manner, court records show.
Deputy Walters then commanded the woman to place her hands behind her back after she fell to the ground and then shocked her four more times before she had ample time to comply, prosecutors said.
Deputy Brown noticed one of the woman’s hands slip from the handcuffs – which Deputy Walters had applied improperly – and shocked the victim three more times until she rolled over to be handcuffed again.
The deputy offered to let the victim go if she let him shock her with the Taser one more last time in the forehead.
Deputy Brown told the other deputies at the scene that he had shocked the victim with the Taser because he “did not want to touch that nasty bitch.”
Both officers are white.
Atlanta deputies kill young woman
ATLANTA — A 25-year-old woman was shot and killed by Atlanta Police Department deputies on Thursday.
Alexia Christian, 25, was found sitting inside a stolen pickup truck at a parking garage on Martin Luther King Drive in downtown Atlanta on Thursday.
Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said two deputies, identified as Jeffery Cook, an 18-year-veteran, and Omar Thyme, who has been with the department 10 months, detained Ms. Christian, placing her in handcuffs behind her back and in their patrol car.
Turner doesn’t believe the deputies patted Ms. Christian down.
Once inside the police cruiser Ms. Christian managed to get out of her handcuffs and fire three shots at the police deputies, Turner said.
The two deputies jumped out of the car and returned fire, shooting into the vehicle 10 times. Ms. Christian was gravely wounded in the shooting and later died at the hospital.
“I’m telling you, both of these deputies missed being killed by an inch on both sides,” said APD Major Darryl Tolleson.
Chief Turner said the handgun used by Ms. Christian came from the stolen truck.
“I would imagine it’s very difficult to get out of the handcuffs, but this woman did do that and has a history of doing that,” said Chief Turner.
WSB-DT spoke with an aunt of Christian who said she was a sweet girl with a wild side.
“She was a wild child. She was a sweetie pie. Always a smile. She had the best dimples in the world and you wouldn’t do nothing but smile when you see her,” said a tearful Djuanne Threet. “I was already stunned. I’m still in shock. My tears are coming to my eyes but they’re not coming down.”
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