Video capturing arrest of aspiring Chattanooga musician gains attention on social media
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond and members of the Chattanooga chapter of the NAACP held a joint news conference about this viral video on Monday afternoon:
Hammond calls the video concerning, specifically because the suspect is in handcuffs when he is repeatedly punched and kicked.
Court document say the suspect, Charles Toney, bit Detective Blake Kilpatrick and kept trying to reach for something in his pocket.
The Sheriff says they still haven't been able to get in touch with the man in handcuffs to hear his side of what happened.
Until that happens, Sheriff Hammond says the deputy shown in the video is on "limited leave."
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.
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Video of a Chattanooga man being arrested is going viral.
Aspiring Chattanooga musician, Ace Boogie, posted the video to Facebook Saturday morning.
As of late Saturday night, the video has been viewed over 70,000 times and shared by nearly 3,000 people.
Nearly a dozen viewers shared it with NewsChannel 9 via social media and email.
We spoke with Ace through Facebook messenger.
Ace is not the man's real name.
He also goes by Interstate Tax.
In those messages, he says the incident happened in Chattanooga on Monday.
He declined to answer any other questions or elaborate further.
We asked the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office if the officers seen in the video belonged to the agency.
A spokesman with the HCSO responded with this statement:
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the Internal Affairs Division were made aware late last week a video had surfaced regarding an altercation that took place during an arrest that involved one of our personnel. Until today, Internal Affairs personnel had been unsuccessful in obtaining a copy of the alleged video despite numerous attempts to speak to the suspect involved or any alleged witnesses who may have seen or filmed the alternation. At this time, the suspect involved has not come forward, despite attempts by our personnel to reach him, and has instead, chosen to go to the news media rather than file an official complaint with our Internal Affairs Division.
In order to ensure HCSO policies and procedures were followed, this incident has been turned over to the Internal Affairs Division for review.
As this is an ongoing investigation by the Internal Affairs Division, no further information is available at this time.
Anyone with any information or may have witnessed this incident are encouraged to contact the HCSO Internal Affairs Division at 423-209-8946.