SAVANNAH - Two former Tybee Island policemen Wednesday were indicted on charges of concealing the role of a non-certified jailer in the May 21 stunning of autistic teen Clifford Grevemberg. Chatham County grand jurors charged Travis Daniel, 25, and Timothy Sullivan, 36, with concealing the participation of Adam Thran in police reports involving the stunning. The offices also are charged with reporting to Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent John Barry that only they were present during the events leading to the stunning, the grand jury said. Sullivan was indicted alone on a charge by false writing on the police report by omitting Thran from the portion of the report and reporting Thran was called to the scene after EMS arrived and treated the victim.
Grevemberg, 18, was stunned May 21 by Tybee police while sitting on a curb outside the Rock House on the night of the annual Beach Bum Parade. He sustained a broken tooth. He was charged with disorderly conduct, but that charge was subsequently dismissed.
Grevemberg's suit against the City of Tybee remains pending in Chatham County State Court. In the wake of the incident, GBI officials were called in to investigate the matter. Daniel and Sullivan were suspended and resigned. Thran, a jailer, also resigned. Police Cpl. Javier Valdes resigned soon thereafter to pursue other opportunities. City Manager Diane Schleicher suspended Tybee Police Chief Jimmy Price. While Price remains suspended, Lt. Bob Bryson is acting chief.
It seems clear to me that tasers and their associated "training" (deceptive marketing) can lead directly to lawsuit-inducing abusive behavior that would likely not have otherwise occurred.
Stupidity is expensive.