Abuse of Power – Sheriff, Chief Deputy and Lt. Indicted by the FBI

Police Accountability – Jody Norris, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI says: “It is paramount that law enforcement maintain the trust of the public which it serves. These charges are a reminder that nobody is above the law.”

Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood, Chief Deputy Robert Sprouse and Lt. Johnny Neal were indicted for falsifying a police report and then making false statements to the FBI.  

The underlying story is – on Nov. 20, 2018, Kevin Simpson, (26) live-streamed emergency vehicles at a traffic accident in front of his house. While working the scene, the Sheriff is seen on the live-streaming video ordering Simpson to get on his porch.

After a few words were exchanged, the sheriff turned around, grabbed Simpson and placed him under arrest. Lieutenant Neal is alleged to have wrestled Simpson to the ground, injuring Simpson’s head and elbow. Simpson was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. 

The indictments say that when Sheriff Underwood and Chief Deputy Sprouse learned that Simpson live-streamed the video, they drew up a search warrant to search Simpson’s home, saying one of their radios was missing.

During the search, they found Simpson’s cell phone and illegally confiscated it, the indictments said. Underwood and Sprouse later tampered with the phone to destroy or “impair its integrity or availability” in a federal investigation, the indictments said.

One count also alleges that Neal and Sprouse concocted a bogus police report saying Simpson used profane language toward them. Other counts say Underwood and Sprouse lied to the FBI when asked about the incident. Underwood, Neal and Sprouse are set to appear in federal court on May 21. The charges carry sentences ranging from 1 to 20 years of prison per count.

This Sheriff and his cohorts should go to prison for a long time. This is an abuse of power in the worst way. The leader of the agency is the one directing the conspiracy.

The Chester County Sheriff’s department has zero credibility and any cases they have or had, are now suspect, as they should be.

This Sheriff might have stars on his collar now, but he will have prison numbers on your shirt later.

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