WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury in Greenville, S.C., returned an indictment today charging South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Steve C. Garren with a federal civil rights violation, announced Grace Chung Becker, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and W. Walter Wilkins, U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina.
The indictment alleges that on June 24, 2007, Garren intentionally struck a man with his patrol vehicle resulting in bodily injury to the man. The indictment further alleges that Garren’s actions willfully deprived the man of his constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer.
An indictment is only an allegation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The case was investigated by special agents of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alston C. Badger and Civil Rights Division Deputy Chief Brent Alan Gray.