Officer And Former Officer Charged With Assault

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - One police officer and one former police officer, both from central Kentucky, have been indicted on misdemeanor charges stemming from a July Fourth vehicle pursuit.

Former Berea lieutenant Billy Beavers and Richmond Senior Patrolman Stephen Parker are charged with one count each of fourth-degree assault and one count each of first-degree official misconduct.

According to the indictment, Beavers kicked 40-year-old James Hunt, 40, of Lexington, and caused physical injury -- quoting the indictment -- "under circumstances which constituted excessive use of force."

The indictment also says Parker jerked Hunt from the automobile, threw him on the ground and struck him.

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  • by TLD Location: london on Sep 9, 2007 at 07:10 PM
    What is that Sheriff Yaden stated a last week in The Sentinel after 2 of his deputies have been indicted on assault. We give felons a break everyday...why not give a officer a break? Because you old fool they chose a profession to uphold the law and not break and they should be dealt with just as any regular citizen should be dealt with. They broke the law.
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Sep 8, 2007 at 07:20 PM
    Gee Wally, I guess excessive force is when you go over board and cause injury to someone when you don't need to.
  • by D...... on Sep 8, 2007 at 08:45 AM
    I really cant be sure on what happend, but when a subjects decides to run and not comply to a officers command, he not only puts the public in danger but also the officers in pursuit, which would be a wanton endangerment charge, which is a felony. And also when the subject is finally stopped and fails to comply again, i beleive there is a statement as i recall as "use all means" in effectively while making a arrest and control of the subject. Meaning by using necssary force to take the subject under control. Would like to know what the victim was charged with criminaly, theres 2 felony's for sure and if the subject was fleeing or evading either from a domestic or D.U.I that will be another felony on top of that. But like i said i dont know the whole story and i would like to learn more about it . But for just reading the small part of the story i would reason more with the officers because of the circumstances at hand. my little boy uses force against me everyday by playing,, Curious.
  • by ts on Sep 7, 2007 at 06:25 PM
  • by SC on Sep 7, 2007 at 12:03 PM
    "Excessive force" Can someone give me the definition of that? Excessive force to me may be or look like something totally different than to the officer who feels his life is in jeopardy. "Excessive force" to one person may be a mother spanking her child due to him "getting lose" and running toward a road. "Excessive Force" to an officer may entail actually using their GUN instead of a tazer or other form of FORCE to get a prisoner to comply. We don't know what the circumstances are, how long the altercation lasted, or just how many times verbal demands were ignored. I will state, however, that I do agree with the other comment that Judges need to stiffen up and quit allowing repeat offenders to be repeat offenders... What happens when an officer is suspended for using "excessive force" with a drunk driver, and the next time, the same driver is then in an accident, and kills the judge's child. What then?
  • by concerned Location: R.R.G. on Sep 7, 2007 at 11:07 AM
    I am glad they are starting to finally try and reign in their cops... Why do most of the KSP and city or town cops think they are above the law anyway? I hope they get exactly what they were giving their prisoner. Maybe he was doing wrong but you caught him was there actually a real need for that much force??? Once they clean up the cop situation maybe they need to start going after some of the judges that keep letting some repeats walking on out the court house door free as a bird, doing favors for friends and pulling strings... Just not right!


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