Deputy Runs Over Teen & is Allowed to Resign with Full Benefits & No Criminal Action.
Updated: Feb 14, 2020
Facts of the story:
A Rockdale County deputy was working a part-time job at a local Conyers movie theater when a fight broke out between a group of teenagers. When the teenagers saw the deputy, they ran away. The deputy then used his patrol car to run down one of the teenagers in-order to catch him. As a result, the teenager suffered severe injuries to his body. The deputy arrested the teenager and charged him with battery. The investigation found that the deputy used unnecessary force to capture the teenager, who had only committed a misdemeanor offense. The deputy had a history of violent behavior toward children. The deputy was a School Resource Officer (SRO) at Conyers Middle School, but was reassigned due to an incident where he pushed a kid into a locker. That information was removed from his service record by Eric J. Levett's administration. The deputy was allowed to resign with full benefits that are being paid for by the Rockdale County citizen's taxes.
Questions to Ask Eric J. Levett and His Administration:
1. When the deputy ran over a teenager, why was this incident not posted on the RCSO Facebook page or put out as a press release?
2. Again, why was there no transparency on this entire investigation?
3. Why wasn’t the deputy's actions denounced?
4. Why was the deputy allowed to retire with full benefits and not fired?
5. How could this continue to happen under Eric J. Levett's administration?