Newton man charged for making false claims of police brutality
After a nearly five months of internal investigations, Maxie L. Smith, 52, of Newton turned himself in and was charged at 11:44 a.m. Thursday for allegedly making false claims of police brutality against the Newton Police Department, Newton Fire Department and Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.
Police said Smith filed a complaint with Newton Police Chief Jeff Hoebelheinrich following his arrest for driving while license barred and reported that a Newton police officer beat him with a nightstick while yelling racial insults. He also said the same officer later kicked him at the Jasper County Jail.
Smith also said a Newton firefighter held him down at the jail by placing a knee on the back of his neck, while jailers and other officers repeatedly kicked him.
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