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Hapeville officer arrested for violating oath, repeatedly using Taser on man in police custody

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June 09, 2024

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Hapeville police officer for violating his oath of office and improper use of force resulting in battery charges.

According to the GBI, Officer Shevoy Brown of Hampton was charged with battery and violating his oath after the Hapeville Police Department asked them to investigate a use-of-force incident.

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On June 3, Brown was responding to a call for service when he arrested a man and took him to the police department for processing.

While the man was in Brown’s custody at the police department, the GBI said he repeatedly used a Taser on the man in a way that did not follow the training and policies of the department.

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Afterward, the man who was arrested was medically evaluated and booked into the Fulton County Jail on misdemeanor charges, GBI said.

Hapeville police say Brown, who was hired in January 2022, was immediately placed on administrative leave.

The next day, June 4, Hapeville police asked the GBI to investigate Brown’s use of force.

On Friday, Brown was arrested and taken into custody at the Fulton County Jail on two charges of battery and violating his oath of office.

He was also “relieved of duty” following the investigation.

“The safety and wellbeing of all are of paramount importance to the City. The use of force by this officer was clearly outside of the guidelines of departmental Standard Operating Procedures. Brown operated alone during this incident and must be held accountable for his actions. The Hapeville Police Department is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards of conduct and accountability among its ranks,” the department wrote in part.

The investigation remains ongoing, according to the GBI, and anyone with information is asked to contact the GBI Atlanta Regional Investigative Office at 770-388-5019.

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