Ruling in Police Brutality Case

By Tierney Modglin

July 15, 2010 Updated Jul 21, 2009 at 6:22 PM CDT

The ruling in a case involving un–necessary force to an inmate has left Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston at a loss for words.

The case involves three officers...Sergeant Richard Johnston, and correctional officers Jeffery Bieber and Justin Piro.

Bieber and Piro were accused of using un–necessary force against Becky Behm after she was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol October 17, 2008.

Johnston was accused of neglecting his supervisory duties during the quarrel between the woman and the officers.

The Tazewell County Sheriff's Merit Commission ruled the three officers not guilty earlier today.

Sheriff Huston is very upset by this news.
Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston says, "It is apparent that they viewed the video of the incident and found nothing wrong with the actions of these officers. It is shocking that they would come to a conclusion like that after viewing this video. I'm telling you here and now that's not acceptable. We do five thousand bookings a year in this jail and this does not happen here."

Sheriff Huston says he will be appealing the case.

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