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Five Tuskegee PD officers on non-paid administrative leave

The Tuskegee News of Tuskegee, Alabama

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Five Tuskegee Police Department officers have been placed on administrative leave while an internal investigation is completed by state and federal agents.

According to Tuskegee Police Chief Lester Patrick, two lieutenants and three officers were placed on leave without pay after information came to his attention about a claim of excessive force used on a local citizen.

"In January of this year,

Robert Turk alleged in a letter to city leaders and officials that he had been beaten by a Tuskegee Police lieutenant after having been arrested," Patrick stated.

"We started an inquiry immediately, but we were unable to substantiate the claim. When new information came to my attention, it raised some concerns and I decided to request the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to come and conduct an investigation."

The officers have been placed on leave for about three weeks and will remain on leave until the investigation is completed. Chief Patrick, Mayor Johnny Ford and Interim City Manager James Harper declined to release names of the suspended officers while the investigation is ongoing.

"We want to send the message that the TPD condemns this type of behavior," Patrick said. "Only one officer is accused of the attack and it is not known if any other officers were aware of the incident or not. We do not want officers to think that it is right to withhold information, no matter what it is."

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Original Publication Date: June 18, 2015

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