A former law enforcement officer from Chattanooga, Tennessee, was sentenced today to six years in prison and two years of supervised release for using excessive force against arrestees, the attorney general announced. Deputy Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Francis M. Hamilton. III for the Eastern District of Tennessee and Special Agent in Charge Joseph E. Carrico of the FBI’s Knoxville Field Office.
Anthony “Tony” Bean, 62, was found guilty after a trial of using excessive force against arrestee CG twice during CG’s arrest in 2014, when he was chief of the Department of Tracy City Police in Tracy City, Tennessee. Additionally, Bean was found guilty of using excessive force on arrestee FM during FM’s 2017 arrest, when he was the chief deputy of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office in the Grundy County, Tennessee.
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, Bean repeatedly punched CG in the face while that CG was handcuffed and obedient, causing pain and other injuries. The court also heard evidence that during FM’s arrest in Grundy County in 2017, Bean punched FM in the face while FM was compliant, causing pain and other injuries. The court also heard evidence that Bean bragged about using excessive force against the victims and failed to report his uses of force.
“Law enforcement officers who violate the civil rights of victims also violate the trust of their communities,” Assistant Attorney General Clarke said. “The Department of Justice is committed to holding accountable officers who abuse their authority.”
“No one is above the law,” U.S. Attorney Hamilton said. “Defendant, Anthony ‘Tony’ Bean abused his authority and violated the civil rights of those arrested by physically assaulting them while they were restrained and posing no threat. A 72-month sentence sends a strong message to the community that mistreatment of those arrested will not be tolerated and that law enforcement officers who break the law will be held accountable for their actions.
“When an officer betrays the oath to protect and serve, the public is endangered and the law enforcement community is tarnished,” said Special Agent in Charge Carrico. “The public has a right to believe that officers will do the right thing. When they don’t, the FBI remains committed to investigating and bringing them to justice.
The FBI Field Division in Knoxville investigated the case. Trial Attorneys Kathryn E. Gilbert and Andrew Manns of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney James Brooks for the Eastern District of Tennessee prosecuted the case.