(FLORENCE, S.C.) -- Two former police officers with the city of Marion admitted in in federal court to using excessive force last spring against a woman with mental disabilities.
Eric Walters, 39, and Franklin Brown, 35, pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law for using unreasonable force for their role in repeatedly tasing the victim in April 2013 when she posed no threat to either officer.
“The defendants abused their authority as law enforcement officers by repeatedly tasing a defenseless, compliant victim,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta for the Civil Rights Division in a statement. “The Justice Department will continue to vigorously prosecute those who cross the line to engage in acts of criminal misconduct.”
Walters and Brown face up to 10 years in jail, and a fine of $250,000.
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