Stewart County deputies accused of excessive force


One local community is discussing how far is too far when it comes to police work. There have been three recent cases in which people accused deputies of using too much force.

Now, the taxpayers may have to pay to fight the lawsuits.

In one case, a sheriff’s deputy recently used a Taser on a man several times in his own front yard after the deputy pulled him over for speeding. According to the deputy’s report, the man was traveling up to 87 mph in a 55 mph zone.

The deputy also said the man began kicking and had a gun in his vehicle.

Stewart County resident Nicholas Johnson said he was there that night doing a ride-along with the deputy.

“He followed protocol in every single way, ma’am. He’s a really good deputy,” Johnson said.

The Taser incident is now under investigation by the Stewart County Sheriff’s Office, but Channel 4 News has learned this isn’t the only accusation of excessive force.

In fact, two other deputies from the same department are now the targets of federal complaints.


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