Brison Strickland
Photo: Bartow County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Bartow County Sheriff's Office

Bartow County deputy fired after dispute with neighbor

A Bartow County deputy is out of a job following a heated exchange with a neighbor at his Cartersville apartment complex, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday.

Brison Strickland, 28, was charged with simple assault and disorderly house — both midemeanors — after he and his fiance got into an argument with a woman who complained about the noise coming from their unit, according to Lt. Jonathan Rogers, spokesman for the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office. 

The “off-duty disturbance” took place after midnight when a woman accused the couple of being loud and disorderly, authorities said.

Strickland and his fiance, 25-year-old Kristen Smith, were reportedly verbally abusive and threatening, Rogers said. The woman recorded the exchange on her cellphone and later turned it over to Bartow deputies while filing a police report against the couple.

Kristen Smith
Photo: Bartow County Sheriff's Office

Rogers said the argument never turned physical, but that Strickland and Smith used threatening, expletive-laced language. They also made several comments about being police officers, he said. 

Strickland, who worked with the department from 2010 through 2015 before leaving for a couple years and returning in February 2017, was suspended Monday morning. His case was investigated by the department’s criminal investigation and internal affairs units and he was fired Tuesday after his arrest, Rogers said. 

Smith is charged with simple battery and disorderly conduct, both of which are misdemeanors. She and Strickland were released Tuesday afternoon after posting $1,750 bonds, jail records show. 
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