Federal Suit Against Barren Co. Sheriff
10:57 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Barren County Sheriff Denies He Violated Suspect's Civil Rights

The attorney for Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton says a federal indictment is "unjustified" and no one used physical force on 30 year old Billy Stinnett after deputies handcuffed him.

Lawyer Guthrie True of Frankfort is representing Eaton. True told the Associated Press Thursday that the US Justice Department appeared to be "headstrong" about charging his client with a crime related to Stinnett's arrest on February 24, 2010.

A federal grand jury in Bowling Green handed down the indictment Wednesday, charging Eaton and four others with civil rights violations. The men are charged with beating Stinnett after a car chase, then lying and falsifying reports.

True said Eaton will plead not guilty to the charges. No court date has been set.