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Former Jackson Police Officer Sentenced To 22 Months
For Civil Rights And Firearms Violations

May 21, 2012

Jackson, TN. – Former Jackson Police Department officer Marvent Brooks, 36, was sentenced
to 22 months in prison by United States District Judge J. Daniel Breen, announced United States
Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III; Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division
Thomas E. Perez; Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Federal Bureau of Investigation Field
Office Aaron T. Ford; Special Agent in Charge of the Nashville Field Division of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Glenn N. Anderson; and Chief of Police Gill Kendrick of the
Jackson, Tennessee Police Department. Brooks was also sentenced to three years supervised
release following his incarceration.

Brooks pled guilty on January 13, 2012, to conspiring with former Jackson police officer David
Dreblow to violate the civil rights of a shooting victim by stealing approximately $1200 from
him while they processed the crime scene. On the same day, Brooks pled guilty to illegally
possessing a short-barreled shotgun in violation of federal law.

Brooks’ co-defendant, David Dreblow, pled guilty to conspiracy to violate civil rights on April 3,
2012, and is scheduled to be sentenced on July 5, 2012. Brooks and Dreblow are also being
prosecuted for state crimes relating to the theft by the Madison County District Attorney
General’s Office.

“We will continue to hold law enforcement officers that choose to violate the law and the oath
they took to protect and serve accountable for their criminal conduct,” said United States
Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III. “This guilty plea should serve as an unequivocal warning to
those few law enforcement officers that disgrace their badge and violate the public’s trust that
you will ultimately be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“A community should expect police officers to enforce our laws and not break them,” said
Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “The department will
continue to aggressively prosecute officers who abuse the public trust by engaging in acts of
criminal conduct.”

“Public corruption among law enforcement officers endangers the citizens of our communities,
the very people who look to law enforcement for protection,” said Special Agent in Charge Ford.
“These violations are among the most serious criminal offenses the FBI investigates, and the
Memphis Division of the FBI will continue to work with our partners to bring corrupt officers to

“Brooks was once an officer who served the Jackson community. In the near future he will be
serving federal prison time for the choices he made. It is an embarrassing role reversal,” stated
ATF Special Agent in Charge Glenn Anderson. “Law enforcement officers take an oath to
uphold the law the first day they are hired. Those who fall short of that daily responsibility need
to be held accountable.”

"I fully agree with the statements of U.S. Attorney Stanton", said Deputy Chief Barry Michael.
"We hold our officers to a higher ethical standard, not only to abide by the laws they are tasked
with enforcing, but also to provide the protection and service that our citizens deserve. All of the
good men and women, who choose this profession, are affected when only a few of the many
make a decision to violate the oath that they swore to uphold. The Jackson Police Department
seeks to maintain the highest degree of professionalism and is an agency full of professional and
talented officers who are committed to their jobs and service to this community. We will
continue to take whatever steps necessary to secure and maintain the respect and trust of the
citizens we serve and our colleagues in the agencies we join forces with on a daily basis."

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the Jackson, Tennessee, Police Department. It is being
prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Skrmetti and Trial Attorney
Christopher Lomax from the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.

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