Anthony “Tony” Bean

Former Grundy County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Anthony “Tony” Bean, 61, was found guilty of three counts of rights violations by the Honorable Travis R. McDonough, in court in District of the United States for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Chattanooga.

Bean was convicted of one count stemming from a 2017 incident and two counts stemming from a 2014 event while he was chief of police in Tracy City. According to court documents, Tony Bean was found guilty following a bench trial for using excessive force against two people arrested while he was a law enforcement officer.

The Beans’ attorneys waived their right to a jury trial in 2020. Instead, they requested a bench trial. In a bench trial, the judge has total control and makes all the decisions.

Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee Francis M. Hamilton III, and FBI Knoxville Special Agent in Charge Joseph E. Carrico announced Bean’s conviction. While acting as chief of the Tracy City Police Department, Tony Bean used excessive force against an arrested person twice during an arrest in 2014. Additionally, Tony Bean used excessive force against a second person arrested in 2017 when he was deputy chief of the Grundy. County Sheriff’s Office. Tony Bean’s co-defendant and son, TJ Bean, faced a single charge at trial and was acquitted of using excessive force in the same arrest in 2017.

In a federal petition filed in 2019, it was alleged that the Beans not only used excessive force, but also discouraged fellow officers from using body cameras or reporting excessive force.

The motion reads: “The five-count indictment in this case charges the defendants Anthony Glenn Bean (“Tony Bean”) and Anthony Doyle Franklin Bean (“TJ Bean”), while acting under cover of law, of using excessive force against arrestees, thereby violating their civil rights.Specifically, each defendant struck a restrained or otherwise compliant arrestee in apparent retaliation for the arrestee’s prior conduct. Each defendant then failed to report his or her use of force.The government is seeking to present evidence that on other occasions the defendants discouraged other law enforcement officers from turning on their body-worn cameras on the body, discouraged officers from reporting excessive force and said assaulting docile arrestees was the “Grundy County Way”.

“Every person 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. This breach undermines the tremendous work done by law enforcement every day. Our office is committed to ensuring that the civil rights of every person are protected. said U.S. Attorney Francis M. Hamilton III.

“Civil rights violations are always of great concern, especially when an officer betrays the oath to protect and serve. The public has an absolute right to believe that law enforcement will protect those they serve. When this trust is breached, the law enforcement community is tarnished, and the trust of the community is shattered,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Joseph E. Carrico.

Bean will remain in federal custody until his sentencing hearing on June 24, 2022. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on each of the three counts.

“This is not the outcome we were hoping for, but I certainly respect the court’s decision,” Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum said.

Shrum announced that investigator Larry Sims would serve as the department’s deputy chief.

“I have appointed Larry Sims as Chief Deputy. Chief Sims has proven to be a loyal leader and has fostered good working relationships both inside and outside the agency,”

This case was investigated by the Knoxville Division of the FBI. Assistant United States Attorney James Brooks of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee and prosecutors Kathryn E. Gilbert and Andrew Manns of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division represented the United States.


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