Mississippi officer resigns after indictment in Louisiana

Published 1:50 pm Thursday, April 25, 2019

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Mississippi police officer has resigned after being indicted in Louisiana on a charge of using excessive force while working there.

Robert Hammac, 44, had been working the past several months in Moss Point. The chief there, Brandon Ashley, says Hammac cleared a background check before being hired.

Ashley says Hammac was given the choice to resign or be fired after the April 10 federal indictment.

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Court documents show Hammac is charged with depriving another person of rights under the law. The indictment says Hammac used a stun gun that caused injury while making an arrest in May 2017 while working for the Lake Charles Police Department.

The Associated Press left a message Thursday for the federal public defender’s office, which is representing Hammac.