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Ex-Greenville PD Officer Pleads Guilty to Civil Rights Violations
Ex-Greenville PD Officer Pleads Guilty to Civil Rights Violations | WSPA
Former Greenville Police officer, Jeremiah Milliman, has pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor civil rights violations. The charges stem from two separate incidents last September, involving alleged abuse of the homeless.
According to acting US Attorney Kevin McDonald, Milliman and three other officers, were involved in an incident on September 13.
One of the officers, Matthew Scott Jowers, entered a guilty plea to a similar charge earlier this month. Milliman admits during the arrest of the homeless man, who was reportedly intoxicated, he did "strike the individual" in the face while he was in the back of the patrol car. The man suffered a busted lip as a result.
In a second incident on September 12, Milliman and several officers encountered a deaf mute homeless man who was also intoxicated. After arresting him, the goverment charges Milliman "poked the man with a pen" and made him "cry out" with a noise common to deaf individuals. When he cried out, Milliman "poked him again" so other officers could hear the noise. Federal prosecutors then say Milliman poured hand sanitizer on the man.
As a result of this plea, Milliman has agreed to decertify himself as a police officer.
“Law enforcement officers are sworn to protect and serve, not to abuse and humiliate. The conduct here was unconscionable and indeed criminal," said McDonald. "Our office will prosecute those in authority positions who violate their sworn oath and deny members of the public their civil rights."
Milliman and Jowers are no longer with the Greenville Police Department. Jowers also agreed to be de-certified as a law enforcement officer.
Both remain free on bond until sentencing.
The acting U.S. Attorney says the maximum penalty Milliman can receive is a fine of $200,000 and imprisonment for two years. Jowers faces one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
McDonald said the investigation is ongoing and other charges may be forthcoming.
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