<strong>The Shell gas station at 2400 Airways Blvd., is where former Memphis Police Officer William Skelton arrested and abused a vandalism suspect, Drew Thomas, pepper spraying him in the face four times as he sat in handcuffs in the back of the squad car. Thomas was accused of vandalizing a food display at the gas station's convenience store.</strong> (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian file)

Former MPD officer faces criminal charge

Charges follow investigation by The Daily Memphian

A former MPD officer accused of pepper spraying a handcuffed, mentally ill man is the second law enforcement officer to face criminal charges brought by a new prosecution unit aimed at cracking down on police brutality.

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