Viral arrest video showing Hamilton Co. Deputy referred to U.S. Justice Dept.

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NewsChannel 9 has learned that the deputy in the viral video, Blake Kilpatrick, is also named in a federal lawsuit surrounding the death of Christopher Sexton that was filed by Sexton's family earlier this year.

Sexton was shot to death by Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputies in January 17th, 2017 after a chase.

The Hamilton County medical examiner's office released the autopsy report saying Christopher Dalton Sexton was shot 15 times after police say he got out of his car and pointed a weapon at officers.

But the lawsuit filed by family member Ashley Sexton last week says says Sexton never posed a threat to the public or deputies. It claims that instead of pointing a firearm at authorities, Sexton got out of his vehicle and moved away from deputies, with his back to them.

Charles Toney is due in court on his newest charges on December 18th, in Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Lila Statom.

Depend on us to keep you posted.


Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond and representatives of the Chattanooga chapter of the NAACP held a joint news conference Monday afternoon about a video posted on Facebook over the weekend showing an arrest that later went viral. NewsChannel 9 learned later in the day that District Attorney Neal Pinkston has referred the matter to the U.S. Justice Department.

Watch the full news conference below:

Aspiring Chattanooga musician Ace Boogie, posted the video of his arrest to Facebook Saturday morning. His non-stage name is Charles Toney.

The video shows his arrest and depicts Toney being kicked and beaten by a Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy. Hammond says Toney was arrested on several warrants.

As of late Saturday night, the video has been viewed over 70,000 times and shared by nearly 3,000 people.

The video was recorded on a witness's cell phone.

"I heard loud noises, I saw them pull up, and I heard them say "get down get down" and I saw guns drawn." says Quelka Alquadrias.

She describes the moments caught on camera as Hamilton Co. officers take down Charles Toney on a warrant round-up.

Sheriff Jim Hammond admits the video is concerning, specifically because Toney has on handcuffs when this incident occurs.

"The one thing that the video does give you is that this individual was handcuffed at the time and that's what raises it to the level that we have the concerns." says Sheriff Hammond.

Sheriff Hammond said the deputy depicted in the video has since been placed on limited duty. He also said Toney did not require hospitalization.

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston's office told NewsChannel 9 later in the day that Pinkston has referred the matter to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The local NAACP says they will make sure justice prevails... as this video serves as a reminder of a national issue.

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This is a developing story and will be updated.

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