An Illinois sheriff this week is seeking to reverse a board decision reinstating three officers in Tazewell county, Illinois despite this shocking video tape. On the video, Sergeant Richard Johnston, and correctional officers Jeffery Bieber and Justin Piro are shown beating Becky Behm after she was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol October 17, 2008.
A ruling of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Merit Commission found that the three officers did not use excessive force.
Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston, to his credit, expressed disbelief at the ruling: “It is apparent that they viewed the video of the incident and found nothing wrong with the actions of these officers. It is shocking that they would come to a conclusion like that after viewing this video. I’m telling you here and now that’s not acceptable. We do five thousand bookings a year in this jail and this does not happen here.”
Huston is asking for the decision for reinstatement be reversed by a court, here.