No civil rights violations
The investigation into the possibility that former members of the Graham County Sheriff’s Office violated inmate Jackie Slaughter’s civil rights by repeatedly using a Taser on him is over.
Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina announced it has no plans to file criminal charges against former sheriff Mickey Anderson and local lawmen who used electronic stun devices to subdue Slaughter more than a dozen times in 2012.
Slaughter was being processed in the Graham County Sheriff’s Office in Robbinsville when the incident occurred. Slaughter had been arrested for stealing a truck. A first-degree murder charge was later added.
Friday, a U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson told The Graham Star, “Based upon a careful evaluation the facts and circumstances in this case, the evidence does not establish a prosecutable violation of applicable federal law, and therefore the U.S. Attorney’s Office has closed its investigation into this matter with no criminal charges filed.”
The finding stands in sharp contrast to Judge Michael Letts’ ruling that Slaughter was incapable of assisting his defense attorney because he had been repeatedly Tasered. Letts ordered Slaughter ‘s release from jail on Aug. 22, 2016.
Slaughter has had a difficult time since. His wife Sharon died Jan. 26, 2017 and Slaughter’s been arrested three times since then, most recently for attempted murder (see related story).