COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A former officer with the Columbus police department turned himself into the Muscogee County sheriff's office on Aug. 7 after being the center of a GBI investigation.
The GBI says Corporal John Allen, Jr. hit and choked juvenile suspects in the back of a patrol vehicle after receiving a burglary call in April 2014. According to Allen's attorney, the juveniles broke into Allen's mother's house on Whippoorwill Lane.
Allen is charged with two counts of simple battery. Investigators say other officers also reported the incident to authorities.
The juveniles are currently in jail.