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Phenix City PD investigates claims of police brutality

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Phenix City police are one step closer to answering whether an officer used excessive force on a woman inside her home.

News Leader 9 has learned the internal investigation into the allegation made nearly two months ago has been turned over to the district attorney's office for review. New Leader 9's Tyrone McCoy explains.

Elizabeth Coty-Green says a Phenix City police officer forced his way into her home, and later punched her in the face after she demanded for him to leave, back in May.

Days after we brought you the first story, Phenix City Police Chief, Ray Smith told us an internal investigation would take a few weeks to finish.

Months later, Russell County District Attorney Ken Davis tells us the internal investigation by the police department has made its way to his desk. He told me on the phone this morning "they are set for preliminary hearing. I have received an internal report from the Phenix City Police Department regarding the events that allegedly took place. I will meet with my staff and discuss whether there's any merit to presenting a case to the August Grand Jury."

It's something Coty-Green calls a smokescreen, and she tells us she doesn't think officials are taking the investigation seriously.

"To be investigated for this long, I don't think it's too serious .And he's still out there in patrol, how serious could that would be," Coty-Green quizzes.

She tells us she's taken the concern to the Auburn bureau of the FBI and has filed a civil suit against the police department in hopes of getting to the bottom of this situation.

She adds "I want the truth to be out so that I can go back to my life."

Russell County District Attorney Ken Davis tells me the internal investigation has not yet been discussed by his staff. He says once the staff overlooks the findings, he will make a determination as to if the case warrants going to the Grand Jury on August the 25. Elizabeth Coty-Green will be in court on felony assault charges against a police officer on July 29.

Related: Woman claims use of excessive force against Phenix City police

 Phenix City police chief responds to use of excessive force claims

 

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