Movement Grows Against Thomaston Police Officer

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Updated: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 02:32:43 EST

An Atlanta attorney says he has been hired to represent a Thomaston man arrested last week after being shot with a taser outside a local convenience store.

Attorney Albert Mitchell says he is representing 28-year-old Kelcey Rockemore and another man who was arrested during the same incident. Both men were arrested by Officer Phillip Tobin.

The incident is currently under review by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and surveillance video obtained by WGXA has sparked an outcry against the officer. A petition demanding justice for the community has been circulating around the area. It has more than 130 signatures.

Many people are also speaking out about their own encounters with Officer Tobin. People accuse the officer of violating their rights, using excessive force and acting in a rude and disrespectful manner among other things.

WGXA issued an open records request to the Thomaston Police Department Wednesday for Tobin's disciplinary records. State law mandates the Police Department has three days to respond, but the documents had not been handed over by Friday.

When contacted by phone Friday all three media contacts at the Police Department were said to be unavailable, and it was unknown when or if they would become available. Just after 4 p.m. Friday the doors to the Police Department were locked.

Mitchell says he will be acting strictly as a defense attorney in the case.

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