Shelby County Sheriff’s Officer Gets More Charges


Thomas Braswell, the Shelby County Sheriff’s officer charged earlier this month with bribery, is also being charged with violating an individual’s civil rights and making false statements to a federal investigator.

Braswell’s bribery charge stemmed from his allegedly accepting $500 from a federal informant in return for personal information on police informants. The informant was posing a steroid and cocaine dealer. Braswell was arrested for that charge on March 6th. Now he’s also in trouble for allegedly seizing a Rolex watch during a police search of a residence.

According to a federal indictment, Braswell was questioned about the watch discovered in his truck during a police search after his arrest on March 6th. Braswell said he received the watch from a white male named “Jamie” in exchange for $400 to $500 worth of nutritional supplements. The next day, he said his story was false and claimed to have found the watch (along with a condom) in an envelope in his mailbox at the Sheriff’s office. The investigation is ongoing. -Bianca Phillips

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