Two area law enforcement officers are in deep trouble with federal prosecutors. Anthony “Tony” Bean, the chief deputy at the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, and his son Anthony “T.J.” Bean, a sergeant at the same agency are accused that over a number of years they beat up handcuffed arrestees, failed to report their uses of force, discouraged other officers from turning on their body cameras and bragged that their behavior.
Federal prosecutors said in a recent court filing they have compiled additional evidence showing the Beans assaulted a total of seven people over a five-year span.
Tony Bean, 59, faces four counts of deprivation of rights under color of law, while T.J. Bean, 29, faces one count of the same charge. Prosecutors say the charges stem from two alleged assaults — one committed by the father while he was chief of the Tracy City Police Department in 2014, the other committed by father and son while working for the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office in 2017.
The Beans have remained on paid leave since being indicted.