There is a disturbing case out of Kentucky this morning. State police and the FBI are reportedly investigating Owsley County deputy Sheriff Michael Havicus and Booneville Officer Timothy Marshall in the beating of John Adkins at a horse-riding event called the Fall Trail Ride. He was allegedly assaulted after he asked the officers if a band could continue to play at the event.
Adkins was at the event with his fiancée, Kerri Vandiver. The officers appeared after a report of an intoxicated women, but neither Adkins or Vandiver were reportedly drunk. After officers ordered the band to shutdown, Adkins reportedly approached the officers and “quietly and calmly” asked that the band be allowed to continue to play. He says that Havicus then assaulted him with a metal retractable baton — breaking his left eye socket and nose. The details are found in a federal lawsuit.
Marshall, is accused of failing to stop the attack.
In addition to the attack, Havicus is accused of jumping on Adkins and spraying him in the face with a chemical. The officers also prevented others from helping Adkins who was asking for water to wash out his eyes. Adkins was never charged with any crime.