Georgia deputies suspended over violence while serving a $1,000 civil warrant

By Arturo Garcia
Monday, August 12, 2013 15:16 EDT
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Three sheriff’s deputies in DeKalb County, Georgia have been suspended and a sergeant in the department could be demoted after video surfaced of their conduct while serving a civil warrant on a home in July 2013, WSB-TV reported on Monday.

The video shows a group of eight deputies entering Nantania Griffin’s home around 1:13 a.m. on July 26 to serve a civil warrant for failing to pay a $1,000 debt. Her sons secretly recorded the encounter on their phones and posted it online. Griffin and her family allegedly refused to let the deputies into the home for 30 minutes while telling them they had done nothing wrong.

“You acted like a 2-year-old, so we treated you like a 2-year-old,” one of the deputies can be heard saying in the video. Griffin’s son, Donovan Hall, told WSB that deputies kicked him in the head and that one hit him in the face with the butt of his gun.

“Fifteen days overdue,” Griffin told WSB about her debt. “Why would you come to my house with this unbelievable show of force?”

The sergeant in danger of being demoted might only avoid the penalty by retiring. A spokesman for the department said new regulations would be instituted governing when it may serve warrants.

Watch footage from the original arrest in this video aired on WSB on Aug. 7, below.

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Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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