The FBI is investigating a case involving two Lawrence County Sheriff's Deputies, and whether excessive force was used during arrest.


According to reports the FBI is investigating whether Lawrence County Deputies Zach Ferguson and Eric Caperton used excessive force while arresting 62 year old Mike Jones as well as if a prosecutor advised them to cover it up.

Jones was arrested last October for resisting arrest after he led Deputies on a chase near the Lawrence and Giles County line.

News Channel 5 first reported the court filing claims that reportedly after excessive force was used deputies took cell phone photos of Jones' bruised and swollen face.

"The filing claims that Deputy Furguson texted photographs of Mr. Jones' injuries to Assistant District Attorney for the 22nd Judicial District Emily Crafton who was a prosecutor in District Attorney Brent Cooper's Office where the court filing alleges Crafton advised deputy Ferguson to delete the pictures from his phone."

District Attorney Brent Cooper has stated that he fired Assistant District Attorney Emily Crafton for "unsatisfactory job performance" after he learned about the excessive force allegations as well as confirming that the FBI is now investigating allegations of excessive force and tampering with evidence.

Deputies Caperton and Ferguson were put on administrative leave with pay in early June.