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Former Selmer Officer Charged With Assaulting Arrestee

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Posted at 8:51 AM, Jun 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 02:23:28-04

SELMER, Tenn. (AP) – Special agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments against a former Selmer police officer accused of mistreating an arrestee.

The McNairy County Grand Jury returned indictments on Monday against 50-year-old Robert C. Pipkins. He has been charged him with one count of official oppression and one count of simple assault related to a November incident in which Pipkins arrested a man on a traffic-related charge.

In a statement, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Pipkins physically assaulted and injured the arrestee while he was handcuffed and being processed at the McNairy County Criminal Justice Center.

Pipkins resigned from the department in December.

Pipkins is out on a $5,000 bond. Jail records do not indicate if he has hired an attorney.

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