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Federal grand jury indicts 2 officers in alleged beating of Patrick Harrington

Two former Russell County deputies accused of beating a handcuffed man in November have been indicted on criminal charges by a federal grand jury, court records state.

A grand jury indicted Tim Watford and Kirby Dollar on Wednesday on one charge each of deprivation of rights under color of law.

The indictment states that the men physically assaulted “P.H.” on Nov. 26. Their actions led to P.H. being deprived of his right “to not be deprived of liberty without due process of law, which includes the right not to be subjected to excessive force by one acting under color of law,” the indictment states.

Patrick C. Harrington, who authorities say was on the run, was found by three bail bondsmen on Nov. 26. Harrington was sleeping in a stolen car in Lee County. Harrington alleges that Dollar and Watford then arrived at the scene and beat him while former Phenix City Police Officer Rachael Hauser watched.

Hauser faces no federal charges.

The three officers have since resigned. Harrington has a pending civil suit against the three officers, Phenix City and former Russell County Sheriff Tommy Boswell. He’s seeking $8 million in the federal suit.

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