A former Mississippi sheriff is accused of planting a weapon on a victim he shot in the back of the head, according to a new report.
Federal investigators said Walter Grant, 51, placed a stick or a baton near the body of 20-year-old Willie Bingham Jr. in order to justify shooting him in 2013, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
Bingham was suspected of being part of a group breaking into cars outside an auto parts plant. Grant and other officers were pursuing the group in a car chase when Bingham jumped out and ran into a cotton field, where he was shot in the back of the head.
Grant told investigators he thought the alleged car thief had a gun but none was found. In 2015, he was tried twice for manslaughter but the jury was unable to reach a verdict in both cases.
Both the alleged crooked cop and the victim are black, and the Mississippi NAACP has called for Grant’s prosecution.
“In law enforcement, whether they’re black or white, we’ve got to make sure they stop shooting our young men,” interim state NAACP president Charles Hampton told the Associated Press.
If convicted, the former Bolivar County sheriff faces up to 20 years in prison. He has pleaded not guilty and is out on $10,000 bail.
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