Former law enforcement officer Anthony “Tony” Bean was found guilty today in federal court of violating the civil rights of two arrested people by using excessive force against them. Tony Bean, 61, was found guilty after a trial in Chattanooga of using excessive force against two people arrested while he was a law enforcement officer.
Bean was convicted of using excessive force on arrestee CG twice during CG’s arrest in 2014, while Bean was the chief of the Tracy City Police Department in Tracy City, Tennessee, and of using excessive force against arrestee FM during FM’s 2017 arrest, while Bean was the chief deputy of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office in Grundy County, Tennessee. Bean’s co-defendant, TJ Bean, faced a single charge at trial and was acquitted of using excessive force on arrestee FM in the same arrest in 2017.
In June 2021, the court heard evidence over three days that showed that during CG’s arrest in the Tracy Lakes area of Grundy County in 2014, Tony Bean repeatedly punched CG in the face while CG was handcuffed and obedient, causing CG pain. and other injuries. The court also heard evidence that during FM’s 2017 Grundy County arrest, Tony Bean punched FM in the face while FM was in compliance, causing pain and other injuries. Additionally, the court heard evidence that Tony Bean bragged about using excessive force against his victims and failed to report his uses of force.
“Everyone in our country has the right to be free from unlawful abuse by police officers, including the use of excessive force during an arrest,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said. for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. “This verdict clearly shows that law enforcement officials who use unlawful force are not above the law. We will not stand idly by in the face of criminal misconduct by law enforcement officials in any part of the country. »
“Tony Bean was in a position of public trust and he willfully breached that trust,” U.S. Attorney Francis M. Hamilton III said. “This violation diminishes the enormous work that law enforcement does every day. Our office is committed to ensuring the protection of the civil rights of every person.
“Civil rights violations are always of great concern, especially when an officer betrays the oath to protect and serve,” said Special Agent in Charge Joseph E. Carrico of the FBI’s Knoxville Division. “The public has an absolute right to believe that law enforcement will protect those they serve. When that trust is breached, the law enforcement community is tarnished and the trust of the community is shattered.
Tony Bean’s sentence was set for June. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each of the three counts.
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Knoxville Division and prosecuted by trial prosecutors Kathryn E. Gilbert and Andrew Manns of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Deputy James Brooks of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee.