A federal grand jury today indicted a former Town Creek, Ala., police officer for violating an individual’s civil rights during the course of an arrest, announced Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Schwein Jr.
The indictment charges Brandon Shane Mundy, 32, of Oxford, Ala., with striking a man with a dangerous weapon and causing bodily injury during the man’s November 2009 arrest in a northern Alabama town. Mundy’s action deprived the man, identified as J.T., of the constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by someone acting under the color of law, according to the indictment.
If convicted, Mundy could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. An indictment is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The FBI is investigating the case, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Holt and Justice Department Civil Rights Division Trial Attorney Daniel H. Weiss.