Grand jury indicts 2 former Tybee police officers

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - A grand jury on Wednesday has indicted two former Tybee Island police officers in connection with the Tasing of an autistic teen.

Travis Daniels was indicted on two counts of false statements. Timothy Sullivan was indicted on two counts of false statements and one count of false statements in writing.

The charges stem from the Tasing of 18-year-old Clifford Grevemberg, who has autism, on May 21. After the annual Beach Bum Parade, Grevemberg was arrested and Tased by officers who said he became violent and believed he was intoxicated.

Grevemberg's family said the teen is autistic, and told officers about his condition, before he was Tased and arrested. Grevemberg told WTOC that police threw him to the ground, which resulted in cuts to his face and a chip to his his tooth and arrested him. 
[Click here to read the police report]

Tybee police chief Jimmy Price was suspended with pay in June over the incident.

A lawsuit was filed in June in state court at the Chatham County Courthouse by Grevemberg and his mother, Nancy.

Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman and the Tybee Island city manager asked Price to call in outside agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate the case to make sure no laws were broken by police. After the GBI's investigation, it handed a copy of its report over to the district attorney's office for review. The case then went to a Chatham County grand jury.

Among the district attorney office's findings upon reviewing the report: Because the GBI took over the investigation, the district attorney's office deemed it was not the appropriate source of policy reviews for law enforcement agencies, according to the district attorney's office.

The district attorney's office said it never undertook a review Price or was he ever under criminal investigation for the Tasing incident.

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