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Tennessee Videos show Medina cop Jason McCallister assaulting Amos Smith & Dawn Alexander, ...

Discussion in 'Incidents of Police Abuse, Misconduct, Negligence' started by M, Apr 28, 2014.

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    ... Police Chief Chad Lowery accused of ignoring the videos and failing to investigate the abuse

    Perp: Medina Police Chief Chad Lowery, Officer Jason McCallister

    Victims: Amos Smith, Dawn Alexander

    Department: Medina Police Department

    Location: Medina, Tennessee


    Medina man alleges police misconduct; City attorney says he plans vigorous defense against lawsuit

    Steve Murphy doesn’t like what he’s seen from the Medina Police Department in a couple of recent situations. Murphy spoke at Medina’s Board of Aldermen meeting Monday evening and asked the board for an investigation into Medina Police Chief Chad Lowery and police officer Jason McCallister. Murphy alleges McCallister used excessive force in two arrests involving Murphy’s acquaintances and that Lowery has not reprimanded McCallister. Murphy said he has seen videos of both arrests via either police dashboard camera or surveillance camera.


    Murphy wrote that the video shows Smith being handcuffed and thrown to the ground by McCallister. One of Murphy’s acquaintances is Amos Smith, described in a letter from Murphy to the aldermen as an 80-year-old man who “blacked out and collided with parked vehicles in front of a building” several months ago.

    The other instance involves a friend of Murphy’s, Dawn Alexander, who filed a lawsuit in January against Lowery, McCallister, Gibson County sheriff’s deputy Tony Byrd and the Gibson County Sheriff’s Department. She seeks up to $4.6 million in damages. In the lawsuit, Alexander said she noticed police officers gathered in front of her sister’s house on Jan. 28, 2013. They were arresting Hayden Green, who is now Murphy’s stepson but was not at the time, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court.

    When Alexander approached to ask what was going on, she said, Byrd and McCallister yelled at her, according to the suit. She said McCallister grabbed her by the arm and she was eventually arrested on charges of resisting arrest and assault on a police officer. Those charges were dismissed in April 2013.

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