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March 11, 2014

Deputy, council member indicted

GREENCASTLE, Ind. (WISH) — A Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy and Greencastle Common Council member has been indicted on four counts of federal civil rights violations.

Police say 37-year-old Terry Joe “T.J.” Smith used excessive force four times while he worked as a Putnam County sheriff’s deputy.

Smith is accused of using a stun gun on someone who was already restrained, throwing someone in handcuffs to the ground, kneeing a handcuffed person and holding a woman face down on rocks in freezing temperatures for a long time.

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