Most officers in trouble weren’t charged despite evidence

Steve Bebb campaigned for 10th Judicial District attorney general in 2006 as a friend to the police, and many returned the regard.

In the six years since his election, Bebb has proved extremely reluctant to prosecute officers accused of misbehavior, records show.

His office did charge two Cleveland, Tenn., police officers after an investigation showed they were having sex with teenage girls and abusing prescription drugs. Both pleaded guilty to statutory rape and other charges in 2010, newspaper archives show.

However, the Times Free Press looked at 10 other cases in which officers were investigated for misconduct and found only two in which Bebb brought charges. One other officer was charged in a case handled by a special prosecutor after Bebb recused himself.


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