Former Tennessee Department of Corrections Officers Indicted for Federal Civil Rights Offenses Following Assault on Inmate and False Cover-up Report

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FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at the United States Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Memphis,  TN  –  The  Department of  Justice  announced that Javian Griffin,  36,  and Sebron 
Hollands, 32, two former tactical officers with the Strike Force for the Tennessee Department of 
Corrections, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Memphis, Tennessee. Griffin is charged with 
using unlawful force against an inmate at Northwest Correctional Complex. Griffin and Hollands are 
both  charged with obstruction of justice  for writing false reports about Griffin’s assault.

The count charging Griffin with unlawful use of force carries a maximum penalty of 10 years of  
imprisonment. The  counts charging Griffin  and Hollands  with  writing  a  false report carry a 
maximum penalty of 20 years of imprisonment.

Assistant Attorney  General Kristen  Clarke of  the  Department of  Justice’s Civil  Rights 
Division, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee Joseph C. Murphy Jr. and Special 
Agent in Charge Douglas Korneski  of the  FBI Memphis Field  Office  made the announcement.

This  case was investigated by the FBI Memphis Field Office. It is  being prosecuted by Assistant 
U.S. Attorney David Pritchard for the Western District of Tennessee and Trial Attorney Andrew Manns 
for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

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