Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Chancery Clerk Indicted for (Allegedly) Pepper-Spraying a Handcuffed Defendant

Update (6/28/218, 10:45 AM): A federal grand jury indicted Simpson County Chancery Clerk Tommy Joe Harvey for one count of depriving a woman of her civil rights.   The indictment states:

On or about April 28, 2017, in Simpson County, in the Northern Division of the Southern District of Mississippi, the defendant, TOMMY JOE HARVEY, while acting under the color of law, as Simpson County Chancery Court Clerk, unlawfully pepper sprayed A.R. in the face, while A.R. was in handcuffs, thereby willfully depriving A.R. of her right, secured and protected by the Constitution and laws of the United States, to be free from unreasonable seizures, which includes the right to be free from the use of unreasonable force. Such offense resulted in bodily injury to A.R.
U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst personally signed the indictment. The case is assigned to District Judge Daniel P. Jordan, III and Magistrate Linda Anderson.  He will be arraigned today at 2:00 PM

Original post: Simpson County Chancery Clerk Tommy Joe Harvey was arrested by U.S. Marshals tonight. JJ is trying to obtain more information. He is currently in custody at the Madison County Detention Center.  The FBI arrested him for conspiracy.  Sawces say it is conspiracy to violate civil rights.  This appears to be a hot pepper of a case.

In what is probably an unrelated matter, Simpson County Justice Court Judge and Magee Municipal Court Judge unexpectedly resigned both positions last week.  Article.

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Anonymous said...

Simpson County should change its name to "Hard Times, Mississippi" - LOL!!

They always have some political official getting in trouble. They get hit with tornadoes all the time.

They can't win for losing down there

Anonymous said...

Forget the State Auditor....muss bee a federal charge.

Pickering would not be interested unless some funds were missing from the tellers' cage at the water department.

Anonymous said...

Tommy, Tommy, Tommy, now what have you done?

Anonymous said...

Says “conspiracy” on some sites.

Anonymous said...

1 N 97-1-1 F Conspiracy FEDERAL
Court Date: 06/28/2018 CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATION

Anonymous said...

Why Madison Co. detention?

Anonymous said...

We might as well add sedition to the list these days. We are a police state and the rights of ordinary citizens are shit.

Anonymous said...

The Chancery Clerk tried to restrain a crack head white girl yelling and screaming outside the courthouse. But somehow he “conspired” to violate her civil rights. So what, he decided weeks ago that she was going to do this so enlists an accomplice( you need another Person involved for conspiracy). Now the FBI and the US Attorney is involved? Wait-WHAT? Can’t wait to see how his plays out.

Anonymous said...

He maced a woman in handcuffs in front of the Chancery Court building. When the two deputies tried to stop him, he maced them!

Anonymous said...

Madison County Detention Center is where the Federales house their pretrial detention folks. The Feds know better than to house someone in Raymond or downtown Jackson.

Chikn N Greens said...

Plus when the Federal Marshals transport up to Canton, they can eat eat at Mama Hamil's in Madison on the way back to their regular post. Timing is everything.

Anonymous said...

So this woman, runs from court. Where are the bailiffs? She going bizerk in the street. Where are the cops. Chancery Clerk is 74. So he uses reasonable force. He is a court officer. She is a meth head. Already had her child removed by the court. Now where was the conspiracy? You Have to conspire with another person to have a conspiracy. Next thing you will hear, cops are being indicted all over Mississippi for using mace. DA tackles supspect fleeing court in handcuffs and causes a bo-bo on suspect. Arrest him. Suspect tries kicking window out of police car while in handcuffs, mace is used. Arrest him. Oh, and add some conspiracy to the charge just to spice it up a little.

Anonymous said...

11:57 am

If true he will be out by 2 pm

Anonymous said...

11:57AM needs to recall the case of the Mendenhall Policeman who got a few years in Federal lock up for kicking a man the Highway Trooper had handcuffed on the ground. This was a few years ago, this is nothing new.

Anonymous said...

This isn't the first run-in for her..several weeks ago she was detained for transport to Whitfield but en-route managed to jump out of the deputy's cruiser & escape.

Anonymous said...

Very troubling allegations if true. You can’t just blame the thug cops for thinking the law doesn’t apply to them. Plenty of blame can be shared by the cop worshipping politicians who enable this type of thuggish behavior.

Anonymous said...

I would think that resigning from office and agreeing never to hold public office again will be part of any deal to avoid prison.

Wiseowl said...

Excuse me...where is innocent until proven guilty? Sounds like reasonable force to me. Everybody, that's everybody went home after incident. The Chancery Clerk should go home again now.

Anonymous said...

Why in the world would any US Attorney sign off on this case? This crazy woman is in and out of the system. Dope head. And no one is talking about the drug charges mysteriously went away after this incident. Something is very wrong in Simpson County. Someone is protecting this woman and going after the Chancery Clerk. And convinces the US Attorney to get involved.

Anonymous said...

8:54, maybe she wasn't a dope head, and maybe the charges disappeared because they were bogus.

Anonymous said...

Maybe a “dope head” has civil rights too? Anyone in Mississippi ever think about that? Last I checked, we are all human.

The people on here truly are amazing. Random “thug” gets arrested for assaulting a cop and the responses are “let’s hangem” or “firing squad.” But, when the leaders of our police state do the same to the “dope head,” blame the victim? It’s a subhuman anyway?

Never forget that in both instances, the suspect is innocent until proven guilty.

Cynical Sam said...

We are all human, but some of us are more human than others.

Anonymous said...

"But, when the leaders of our police state do the same to the “dope head,” blame the victim?"

An aging courthouse clerk is now a 'leader of our police state'?

Anonymous said...

This smells fishy. This may be a political hit job. Conspiracy? Sounds Orwellian. Nothing is likely to stick on these charges, but the last white Democrat holding public office in the county probably will now have a hard time winning re-election after doubt about him has been cast into the minds of voters. And throwing in "civil rights violation" will make a handful of black people vote for a newer, less viable Democratic candidate.

Anonymous said...

@5:28: He’s a Republican Elected Official.

Anonymous said...

And the race of the pepper-sprayed victim is (drumroll).....

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