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Former Columbus police officer arrested, accused of hitting and choking juveniles

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Officials confirm to News 3 that the suspected burglary happened at Allen Jr.’s mother’s house. Allen Jr. was not dispatched to scene, but he heard the call over the scanner and went to the scene. Officials confirm to News 3 that the suspected burglary happened at Allen Jr.’s mother’s house. Allen Jr. was not dispatched to scene, but he heard the call over the scanner and went to the scene.
Allen Jr. is being charged with two felony counts of violation of oath of office and two misdemeanor counts of simple battery. He has been released from jail and is represented by attorney Stacey Jackson. Allen Jr. is being charged with two felony counts of violation of oath of office and two misdemeanor counts of simple battery. He has been released from jail and is represented by attorney Stacey Jackson.
Officials confirm to News 3 that the suspected burglary happened at Allen Jr.'s mother's house on Whippoorwill Lane in Columbus. Officials confirm to News 3 that the suspected burglary happened at Allen Jr.'s mother's house on Whippoorwill Lane in Columbus.
COLUMBUS. Ga. - John Allen Jr., a former Columbus police corporal and son of former Muscogee County Superior Court Judge John Allen, has turned himself into police after a Georgia Bureau of Investigation probe says he hit and choked two juveniles in custody.

In April 2014, Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren requested a GBI criminal investigation regarding allegations of battery involving Allen Jr., stated a media release by the GBI Thursday. The GBI's investigation revealed that the Columbus Police Department received a burglary call and officers responded in the area of the 100 block of Whippoorwill Lane in Columbus. After a foot chase, officers apprehended two juveniles, ages 16 and 15.

A police report obtained by News 3 says that the suspected burglary happened at Allen Jr.'s mother's house. Allen Jr. was not dispatched to scene, but he heard the call over the scanner and went to the scene.

The GBI says that after the arrests had been made, Allen Jr. arrived on the scene, got into the back of the patrol car and hit and choked the juveniles in custody. Other officers on the scene reported Allen Jr's conduct which resulted in Chief Boren's request for the GBI to investigate, according to the release.

“They didn't like what they just saw,” said Miller, referring to the officers who witnessed the alleged incident. “They were taken aback by his actions.”

Miller says Allen Jr. was a corporal in the fugitive unit of the Bureau of Investigative Services, so it was normal for him to be at a case like that. He says the officers who witnessed the incident probably didn't intervene because it happened so fast.

After the GBI finished its investigation, arrest warrants were obtained from a Superior Court Judge charging Allen Jr. with two counts of simple battery and two counts of violation of oath of office. The GBI says Allen Jr. turned himself in to the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, August 6.

Allen Jr. was placed on administrative leave following Chief Boren calling for the investigation, according to officials. He resigned in May in the middle of the investigation, officials say.

"It certainly gives us a black eye and it's something that we absolutely don't condone,” said Miller. “But I think the biggest message here to come out of this is our own officers are the ones that initially reported this misconduct.”

Allen Jr. is being charged with two felony counts of violation of oath of office and two misdemeanor counts of simple battery. He has been released from jail and is represented by attorney Stacey Jackson.

Jackson says he will conduct his own investigation by talking to witnesses and neighbors. He maintains Allen Jr.’s innocence and asks that everyone withhold judgment until the case goes to trial.

Dash cam video and audio was also used as evidence in the investigation. News Three's request for that video and audio was denied because it's still an open case.

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David Hurst

David Hurst, a graduate of the Univ. of Georgia, is News 3's nightside reporter.
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