Anthony (Tony) Bean

Anthony (Tony) Bean, former chief deputy of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, was found guilty of three counts of deprivation of rights in Federal Court for the Eastern District of Chattanooga on Friday morning.

Deprivation of rights under cover of law is a federal criminal charge that is sometimes used against police and other law enforcement officials when they allegedly use their power to violate another person’s rights under of the Constitution of the United States.

Bean and his son TJ Bean were indicted in 2019 on federal civil rights charges after an FBI investigation.

Both father and son waived their right to a jury trial. Instead, they chose to ask a federal judge to hear the evidence in their case and decide whether they are guilty of committing civil rights violations.

The defendants’ charges stemmed from two assaults. The first was committed by the elder Bean while he was chief of the Tracy City Police Department in 2014. The second alleged assault happened when the two Beans were working for the GCSO in 2017.

U.S. Chief District Judge Travis R. McDonough found Tony Bean guilty of three counts of human rights violations. TJ Bean was acquitted of all charges.

“TJ’s reinstatement is pending internal review,” Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum told the Herald.

Bean’s sentencing is scheduled for June 24, 2022.

This story will be updated as more information is received.


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