Michael Atkins
Savannah Morning News
May 25, 2010

Police on Tybee Island issued a careful apology Monday for wounds an autistic teenager suffered when officers Tased and threw him to the ground outside a bar Friday night.

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Yet Police Chief James Price starkly defended those officers’ actions, saying the teen, Clifford Grevemberg, appeared intoxicated and police were unaware of his medical condition.

Price also cited the “rowdy, raucous” atmosphere that surrounded the Beach Bum Parade that evening on Tybee.

“We are sincerely apologetic for the injuries suffered by Mr. Grevemberg,” Price said in a statement. “We are also sorry that he was left unattended” amid such revelry.


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