Corinth officer faces nine charges of violating civil rights

CORINTH – Federal charges against a Corinth police officer were unsealed Wednesday, alleging nine counts of civil rights violations against Hispanics.
Patrolman Jamie Brewer, 32, will be arraigned in federal court at 10 a.m. Monday in Oxford.
He was released after an initial court appearance before U.S. District Magistrate S. Allan Alexander on a $5,000 unsecured bond on the federal misdemeanor charges of deprivation of rights under color of law.
“This type of conduct will not be tolerated by the Corinth Police Department,” said Police Chief David Lancaster. Lancaster ordered an investigation after he received a complaint on Sept. 17 that Brewer had taken money from a Hispanic man during an arrest.
“I got a call about 11 p.m. Sept. 17 saying there had been a complaint,” Lancaster said. “I called the FBI on Sept. 18 to begin an investigation, and put Brewer on unpaid administrative leave.”
Court documents detail the charges against Brewer, which were filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and issued by a federal grand jury.
The indictment alleges that on Sept. 17 Brewer secretly took money from the wallets of seven individuals who are identified only by initials, and on Sept. 18 that he took money from the purse and wallet of two additional individuals who are identified in the indictment by initials.
If convicted, Brewer faces a fine of up to $1,000 on each count or imprisonment of up to one year.
“We hope the alleged conduct of this officer will not tarnish the image of the Corinth Police Department,” Lancaster said.

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com

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