Wood County Constable Federally Indicted for Use of Excessive Force

SHERMAN, Texas – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging an East Texas law enforcement official with federal violations in the Eas...

November 13, 2022
4:22 AM

SHERMAN, Texas – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging an East Texas law enforcement official with federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas. Kelly Jason Smith, 46, was named in the indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Nov. 10, in Sherman, Texas, charging him with deprivation of rights under color of law. According to the indictment, on July 25, Smith, the Wood County Precinct 2 Constable, directed his police dog to bite a suspect who did not pose a threat that warranted use of the police dog.

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