Captured by Cellphone

A cellphone video shows the moment a Monroe police officer used a Taser on a man outside a Wheel House Lane apartment on Saturday night, June 15, 2019.

MONROE, Ga. — Two Monroe police officers have resigned after two investigations were launched over a use-of-force incident on June 15.

Walter Clough and Sgt. Jerrod Robertson faced an internal investigation and also a criminal investigation from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, according to Monroe police Chief R.V. Watts.

Both resigned this week, Watts said.

The incident in question occurred in the Monroe Estates neighborhood, when Clough and Robertson responded to a call for illegal parking.

For reasons that remain unclear, Clough then confronted and used a Taser on 32-year-old Ivan Tory, of 1026 Wheel House Lane, Apartment D, on his porch while Robertson looked on. Clough dragged Tory onto the sidewalk and handcuffed him.

Tory was arrested on charges of possession of drug-related objects and obstruction of an officer.

That much was captured on a widely shared cellphone video, and both officers were suspended following the incident.

Watts said he called in the GBI to investigate the situation for possible criminal violations after seeing the body camera footage.

That footage has not yet been released, but Watts said it will be. He also said he will release the results of the internal investigation, which he hopes will conclude early next week.

Nelly Miles, director of the GBI Office of Public Affairs, confirmed the organization is investigating the two officers.

Andrew Kenneson was a staff writer for The Walton Tribune from 2018-20.