Omega Police Chief Indicted on Federal Civil Rights Charges

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on March 19, 2012 released the following:

“WASHINGTON—The Justice Department announced today that a federal grand jury in Macon, Georgia returned a one-count indictment against Walter Young, 54, police chief of the Omega Police Department, for physically abusing a man in his custody.

The indictment alleges that, on March 24, 2011, Young, while acting in his capacity as the chief of police, assaulted “A.M.,” a pretrial detainee, thereby violating the civil rights of the detainee. The indictment further charges that A.M. suffered bodily injury as a result of Young’s use of excessive force.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. An indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Special Litigation Counsel Forrest Christian; Trial Attorney Tona Boyd, Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McCullers of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia.”


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