Grand jury indicts Atlanta police sergeant

ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted an Atlanta police sergeant for violating the rights of a man by using excessive force while on a detail at a Walmart in downtown Atlanta.

The U.S. Department of Justice, in a news release Wednesday, announced the indictment against 48-year-old Trevor King, of Rex, Georgia.

According to the indictment, King was working off-duty as a security guard at the store on Oct. 13, 2014, when he stopped a customer from leaving because he wrongfully believed the customer had shoplifted.

Authorities say King allegedly grabbed the customer's shirt and began striking the man with an expandable baton multiple times, ultimately breaking the man's leg.

King's employment status with the Atlanta Police Department was not immediately available. It was unknown if he's represented by an attorney.

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