More West Point officers placed on paid leave after viral security video
COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Five additional West Point officers have been placed on paid leave following a viral video from a home security camera, say public information officers.
On August 7, Tomeshia Madden captured footage of an officer allegedly throwing one of her security cameras in some bushes and using a derogatory racial slur while referring to her son.
The footage since then has gathered nearly 20,000 views on Facebook and hundreds of shares.
The West Point Police Department initially placed one officer, Ofc. Donald Bramblett, on administrative leave immediately following the video’s circulation, saying,
However, following a private meeting with Madden’s attorney, Wendell Major, the department has placed the added officers -- Dylan Harmon, Zachary Heyboe, William Osteen, and Detective Elizabeth Wegienka -- on paid leave and turned the investigation over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.
The department released another statement, adding,
Major released a statement on the family’s behalf, stating,
According to Major, the officers in the video were there to execute an arrest warrant on Madden’s son for the following:
- Theft by receiving
- Possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance
When Madden learned of the reason for the police visit, she turned her son in.
After the GBI completes its investigation, the case will be given to the Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office for review.
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