Trial of former officer accused of using excessive force ends in - CBS46 News

Trial of former officer accused of using excessive force ends in mistrial

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The trial of a former Atlanta police officer accused of using excessive force ended in a mistrial Friday.

The video captured from a security camera at an Atlanta Walmart shows every strike Tyrone Carnegay suffered at the hands of former Atlanta police sergeant Trevor King.

U.S. Attorneys have charged King with excessive force under color of law. They said the baton beating was so brutal, it broke Carnegay’s leg.

According to court records, it all happened when King, who was working as off-duty security, believed Carnegay stole a tomato.

Criminal defense attorney Sara Becker said she’s surprised King went to trial.

“I think it will be a tough case," said Becker. “When you've got a jury, law enforcement officers have a good bit of credibility. However, overcoming what I saw in that video would be pretty tough.”

In searching through the Atlanta Police Department’s policy manual, CBS46 found out that “employees are expressly prohibited from the unnecessary or unreasonable use of force against any person or property.”

King's attorneys planned to prove his actions were necessary to make an arrest.

King retired from the Atlanta police force in the middle of the department’s internal review. A spokesperson says the investigation is therefore closed.

CBS46's Karyn Greer says the hung jury was 8-4 in favor of an acquittal. The government will decide if the case will be retried. 

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