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Police sergeant breaks bones of Walmart customer after falsely accusing him of stealing a tomato

By Mason White 7:51 AM December 8, 2017
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A police sergeant is in trouble after using excessive force on a Walmart customer who was falsely accused of trying to steal a tomato, according to police in Georgia.

Atlanta police said that they have arrested 49-year-old Trevor King after being accused of breaking the bones of Tyrone Carnegay.

King was charged with willfully using unreasonable force and falsifying a police report.

According to the Department of Justice, King, a sergeant with the Atlanta Police Department (APD), has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of using excessive force against a customer at an Atlanta Walmart store.

“We work closely with APD and its dedicated officers every day to make our city is safe. This indictment, however, alleges conduct that is so far outside the bounds of an appropriate police-citizen encounter that this officer must be held accountable,” said U.S. Attorney John Horn.

According to U.S. Attorney Horn, the indictment, and other public information, APD Sgt. King was working off-duty as a security officer at the Walmart store located on Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard, in downtown Atlanta.

One evening, while King was dressed in his APD uniform and carrying an expandable baton, he stopped Carnegay from exiting the store because he wrongfully believed the customer had shoplifted.

King allegedly grabbed the customer’s shirt and began to strike the man with his baton.

King struck the customer multiple times, breaking the customer’s leg.

Carnegay said that he purchase the tomato earlier that day and went back to the store to weigh it because he believed he was overcharged.

He went to the produce aisle and weighed the tomato.

When he realized that he was indeed overcharged, Carnegay went to the customer service desk to ask for a refund.

However, King thought that Carnegay had shoplifted the tomato.

Carnegay said he was surprised to see King following him.

King then began screaming at Carnegay and beat him with the baton.

After Carnegay’s leg was broken, King pulled out the receipt from the customer’s pocket to verify whether the tomato was fully paid for.

Carnegay suffered a broken leg and a ruptured artery.

He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

Carnegay was then taken to jail on charges of assault and obstruction.

After prosecutors reviewed Walmart’s security surveillance footage, those charges were dropped.