Former APD Sergeant Sentenced for Wrongful Beating and Cover-Up

By Julien Virgin

May 07, 2018 - 5:52 pm

A former sergeant with the Atlanta Police Department was sentenced to five years in prison for using excessive force and falsifying a police report in a 2014 incident.

Trevor King, 50, of Acworth, Georgia was convicted on December 8, 2017 for wrongfully suspecting a man of shoplifting a tomato from Walmart then assaulting him with a baton.

“King was punished today for willfully violating the Constitution by misusing his power to violently assault and injure an innocent man,” said U. S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay”Pak. “To make matters worse, he wrote a false incident report in an attempt to make the victim sound like the aggressor.”

On October 13, 2014, the victim, Tyrone Carnegay, was shopping at an Atlanta-area Walmart. 

Carnegay told police that after buying groceries, he went to the produce aisle to re-weigh a tomato he believed he was overcharged for.

Carnegay placed the tomato back into the bag and proceeded to leave the store.  

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Srgt. King suspecting Carnegay was stealing, and stopped him at the store’s exit. 

Right after stopping Carnegay, King struck him with a metal baton multiple times before he fell to the ground. 

While on the ground, King hit Carnegay a final time, causing a compound fracture of the his leg. 

Following the beating, King located the receipt confirming the purchase of the tomato in Carnegay’s pocket. 

Carnegay was charged with assaulting and obstructing a police officer.

King wrote in the police report that Carnegay had attempted to push past him and had reached for his gun belt before King beat him with the baton. 

U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones sentenced King to five years in prison, followed by three years supervised release.

“This sentence reflects the Departments commitment to prosecuting official misconduct cases and sends a strong message that any abuse of power will not be tolerated,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General, John Gore, for the Civil Rights Division.

The Fulton County District Attorneys Office later dismissed the charges against Carnegay.