Morehouse Police Chief Charged With Assault

Morehouse Police Chief Charged With Assault

Published November 25, 2008

Posted Nov. 25 2008 – Morehouse College Chief of Police Vernon Worthy has been charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and pointing a gun at someone after a confrontation during a hunting incident in central Georgia.

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Worthy, who is the chief of Campus Safety at Morehouse, posted bond Monday and was ordered by Chief Magistrate Judge William Thomas of Lamar County to stay away from the Barnesville man he confronted on Nov. 11, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Nathaniel Rooks, 26, claims Worthy pulled a gun on him during a hunting excursion in Barnesville.

“He was actually trespassing, and he thought I was trespassing, and he pulled a gun on me and made me drop my gun and get on the ground” and then called police, Rooks told the AJC.

Worthy told the Atlanta paper he would not comment on the incident. However, Worthy’s attorney, Lynn Whatley, says he will “vigorously defend any allegations of criminal conduct,” calling the case a “civil dispute” involving a “misunderstanding about some wild land.”

Other charges brought against Worthy, including kidnapping and impersonating a police officer, were dismissed.

Written by BET-Staff


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