- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A former chief of police has been sentenced to almost two years in prison for punching someone in the face while acting is his official capacity.

Jimmie Johnson, former chief of Webb, small town in the Mississippi Delta, was sentenced Monday to 20 months in prison. He also was ordered to serve two years of supervised release, complete 50 hours of community service and to never serve in law enforcement again.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/YIQNiO) the 31-year-old was indicted almost a year ago for a February 2012 incident while he was a captain with the Tutwiler Police Department. He pleaded guilty to assaulting an individual by punching him in the face under color of law and thereby depriving that person of their civil rights.

“Johnson’s actions were reprehensible. He abused his authority, violated the law and the public trust. Today’s sentence demonstrates that such actions undermine the rule of law and will not be tolerated,” U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams said. “While the majority of law enforcement officers are hardworking professionals who risk their lives daily for our safety, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to aggressively prosecuting those officers who break the law and violate the public trust.”

“Every citizen has the right to expect law enforcement officers to act in accordance with the laws they have sworn to uphold. We entrust law enforcement officers with certain powers and authority, which they are expected to wield with the utmost integrity. This case proves that abuse of that power and authority will not be tolerated,” said FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Johnny Sharp.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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