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Officer in Kroger Shooting Disciplined More than a Dozen Times

A Macon police officer who fatally shot a man outside a supermarket Friday had been disciplined more than a dozen times, according to Macon police files.

The complaints against Clayton Sutton range from cruiser accidents to failing to appear in court to alleged threatening to jail a woman over a bad check.

But just one case involved excessive force.

That came from a July 2010 case when a woman said Sutton pulled her from her car and threw her to the ground. Chamyria Sears also said Sutton was rude and used profanity.

Sutton received a written reprimand in that case.

The disciplinary records do not cover a 2010 case in which a Macon man claims Sutton hit him over the head several times with a flashlight, causing head injuries. Jimmy Brewster has sued Sutton, the city, the police department and two former officers in the case.

13WMAZ obtained Sutton's disciplinary report through an open-records request.

Macon police spokeswoman Melanie Hofmann could not comment on Sutton's record or compare it to other officers on the force, referring questions to Internal Affairs.

Capt. Jimmy Barbee, head of internal affairs, could not be reached for comment Thursday.

The records show that Sutton was involved in at least four accidents -- in 2008, 2011 and two within four days in 2007.

He also failed to appear for court cases at least seven times in five years, receiving several reprimands or "verbal counselings."

The records also show that he was suspended for one day in April 2011 after the incident involving an alleged bad check.

The record says: "Complainaint alleges that Officer Sutton came to her home in Bibb County and harassed her about an alleged bad check. She stated that Sutton tried to intimidate and coerce her into paying cash immediately to avoid going to jail. She stated that she did not have any bad checks or commit a threat of any kind andtold him to go ahead and take her to jail."

In a different case, the records show that police officials initially planned to suspend Sutton for two days earlier this month for "unsatisfactory performance," but later decided to take no action.

In that complaint, a woman claimed that Sutton was sent to her house in response to harassing phone calls "and acted like he did not care about her problems."

The records do not explain why police officials initially decided to suspend Sutton, but apparently withdrew that nine days later.

The record show 26 complaints or investigations involving Sutton since he joined the force in 2006.

At a city council meeting this summer, Police Chief Mike Burns discussed a different officer who had 70 complaints in six years.

 Sutton was also one of several officers who received an "award of merit" at this month's annual Macon police awards banquet.


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