Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Former Memphis Police Officer Indicted on Civil Rights Charges
WASHINGTON – Bridges McRae, former officer of the Memphis Police Department, was indicted today on one count of deprivation of rights under color of law, related to the alleged assault of an individual in early 2008.
The indictment, unsealed today, alleges that on Feb. 12, 2008, McRae exercised unreasonable force, used a dangerous weapon, and caused bodily injury to a person in his custody. According to the indictment, McRae was on duty in the intake area of the Shelby County Jail when he repeatedly struck the victim with his fist and handcuffs.
If convicted, McRae faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Memphis Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Jonathan Skrmetti, Trial Attorney for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and Steve Parker, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.