WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Eddie Graybeal III, son of Washington County Tennessee Sheriff Ed Graybeal, entered a not guilty plea on Monday morning after being charged with official misconduct and assault.
Graybeal was indicted after an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation after a video from 2018 was sent to news outlets that showed him slapping a suspect in handcuffs.
After the video surfaced, Graybeal self-reported himself, and he was suspended.
Sheriff Graybeal issued the following statement in November regarding the situation:
“On Nov. 6, 2019, Lt. Eddie Graybeal, a deputy sheriff in the Washington County Sheriff’s Department was indicted by the Washington County Grand Jury for criminal conduct. Pursuant to my duty as the Sheriff of Washington County, I have suspended Lt. Graybeal, without pay, pending the resolution of that case in court.
Eddie Graybeal is my son. As a father I will proudly stand by him and support him as long as I live.
My son’s case will be resolved in the court system, therefore I will have no further statement regarding this matter.-SHERIFF ED GRAYBEAL
Graybeal’s next court date was set for February 26, 2020.
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