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May 6, 2014

Quitman police officer indicted, on duty

QUITMAN — A Brooks County Grand Jury indicted a Quitman police officer last month on simple battery and disorderly conduct charges stemming from a 2013 altercation with a Brooks County sheriff’s deputy.

Officer Ivan Davis has been charged with simple battery and two counts of disorderly conduct in a Nov. 3 incident, according to the April indictment.

Charges stem from an incident where a Brooks County sheriff’s deputy was allegedly shoved while another man was threatened, according to the indictment.

The indictment alleges that “physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature” occurred by pushing the deputy while he was “carrying out his official duties,” which resulted in the simple battery charge.

The indictment notes that another man was threatened by statements such as, “You might not make it to see that lawyer” and “You ain’t going to lunge at me.” The indictment also claims this man was grabbed, resulting in the disorderly conduct charges.

Police Chief Wesley Ross terminated Davis’ employment with the Quitman Police Department, shortly after the incident, said Quitman City Manager J.D. Herring.

Davis appealed his termination to the Quitman City Council which re-hired and assigned him to desk duty at the police department pending the case’s outcome, said Herring.

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