March 14, 2024

Former Pearl Officer Pleads Guilty To Civil Rights Offense After Forcing Arrestee To Drink Urine Off Floor

Morgan Howard

Former Pearl Police Officer Michael Christian Green

UPDATE: According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Michael Christian Green has pleaded guilty to one count of acting under color of law to deprive a person of his civil rights.

According to court documents and information presented in court, Michael Christian Green, 26, while on duty as a certified law enforcement officer with the Pearl Police Department, forced an arrestee in custody to lick urine from the floor of a holding cell within the police department.

Green pleaded guilty to Deprivation of Civil Rights Under Color of Law in violation of Title 18 United States Code Section 242. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 12, 2024, and faces a maximum penalty of 12 months in prison. A federal magistrate judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney Todd W. Gee of the Southern District of Mississippi and Acting Special Agent in Charge Maher Dimachkie of the FBI’s Jackson Field Office made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the Jackson Division of the FBI.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Samuel Goff is prosecuting the case.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of abuse by a law enforcement officer, call the FBI hotline at 1-800-CALL-FBI, email or call the FBI Jackson Field Office at 601-948-5000.


Yesterday, the United States Attorney’s Office unsealed a criminal information against former patrolman Michael Christian Green. The charge relates to a December 23, 2023 video the City provided to the FBI, which appears to show former Officer Green bullying an arrestee into licking his own urine off the floor.

When the City discovered this disturbing incident over the Christmas weekend, it quickly opened an internal investigation. By December 27, 2023, Officer Green was relieved of his duties.

Following the incident, the City engaged Attorney Candace Gregory, a former federal prosecutor and Director of Mississippi’s Public Integrity Division, to supplement the City’s internal investigation. Attorney Gregory is in the process of reviewing the police department’s policies and procedures and providing training assistance.

To be clear, this incident is beyond deplorable to City officials. Michael Green does not represent the values and standards within the Pearl Police Department. The charged actions have both embarrassed and dishonored the faithful officers who serve and protect our City every day.

We will keep you updated on further developments.


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