WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- First District Attorney General Kenneth Baldwin has requested a special prosecutor review a case where a local lieutenant, and son of a sheriff, slapped a man while handcuffed.
A video obtained by News Channel 11 shows a Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Department lieutenant slapping a man in handcuffs.
Chief Deputy Leighta Laitinen confirmed Monday the employee in the video was Lt. Eddie Graybeal III, the son of Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal, Jr.
Baldwin said in a news release Thursday that the Nashville District Attorney’s General Conference will appoint a special prosecutor to review the matter.
“This will insure (sic) that the matter is handled by a prosecutor who has no personal stake in the investigation, potential charges and any resolution of those charges,” the statement said. “It is my job as Chief Law Enforcement Officer and District Attorney to insure (sic) the citizens of the First Judicial District that this matter have the same prosecutorial review as would occur regardless of whether a police officer is involved.”
Sheriff Graybeal has yet to comment on the incident involving his son.
In a statement, Chief Deputy Laitinen said the department has the utmost respect for General Baldwin and that they will fully cooperate with the special prosecutor assigned.