Former Elmore County deputy sheriff faces 10 years in prison for allegedly beating handcuffed man

A former Elmore County sheriff’s deputy, Blake Hicks, is facing a serious indictment for alleged civil rights violations during an arrest in Wetumpka last year. The federal grand jury in Montgomery unsealed the indictment on Friday, charging Hicks, aged 33, with one count of deprivation of rights under the color of law for the alleged “willful use of unreasonable force against an arrestee.”

While the court documents identified the arrestee only as “T.Q.,” it was reported that the individual’s actual name is Tristan Quinn. His attorneys, along with The Wetumpka Herald in 2022, held a press conference where they revealed video footage of the incident and a hospital photo that showed Quinn with a severely bruised and bloodied left eye.

The indictment accuses Hicks of punching and kicking Quinn in the head while he was handcuffed and on the ground. Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin, upon learning of these allegations, promptly requested the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) to investigate the case. ALEA later involved the FBI in the investigation.

Hicks was placed on administrative leave with pay immediately after the incident and resigned from his position approximately eight months later, which was roughly one year ago. If convicted, he could face a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. The FBI Mobile Field Office conducted the investigation into this case, reflecting the seriousness with which law enforcement agencies are treating allegations of police misconduct.

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