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Dawson deputy cleared of wrongdoing in arrest of woman at political rally

POSTED: September 1, 2014 1:03 a.m.

Capt. Tony Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the arrest investigation of a Roswell woman.

Sheriff Billy Carlisle on Friday said the internal affairs probe he launched to determine if protocol was followed in the arrest of Nydia Tisdale on Aug. 23 proved Wooten lawfully performed his duties as a law enforcement officer.

“All the witnesses we’ve talked to ... conclude Capt. Wooten was acting in the lawful performance of his duties at the request of the property owner to have Ms. Tisdale to stop recording and when she refused, to have her removed from the property,” Carlisle said.

Wooten was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday, a standard procedure when an officer is part of an internal affairs probe according to Carlisle. Investigators reviewed evidence and interviewed witnesses to the arrest that took place during a political rally at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm.

“With that being said, I’m bringing Tony Wooten back in and meeting with him at 1 o’clock (Friday) and putting him back on full duty status with all allegations clearing him of any wrongdoings,” Carlisle said.



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