An Oakland, Tennessee police officer has been placed on administrative leave after a violent arrest was filmed on camera, according to a CNN report. The unarmed black man was beaten and left bloodied for allegedly running a stop sign.
On July 16, 25-year-old Brandon Calloway was finishing a doordash delivery near his home in Oakland, Tennessee, about 40 miles east of Memphis when he was pulled over by Oakland police for reportedly running over a stop sign and was driving too fast.
“They tried to stop him, eventually describing him as driving a .32 in a 20 mile limit, his home was not far away when this subsequent encounter took place at his place,” said Andre Wharton, Calloway’s attorney.
According to an affidavit obtained by WREG, police say Calloway drove six blocks to his home instead of stopping after an office tried to stop him for stopping. Once home, Calloway ran into his home – which was home to two women at the time, including his girlfriend – and protested through the door for several minutes with the officer, saying he had done nothing wrong.
When asked why Calloway fled traffic control, Calloway’s attorney Andre Wharton spoke broadly about why black men are afraid of the police.
“I am unable to give details on this aspect [why Calloway fled], as a case is pending against him,” Wharton said. “However, generally speaking, many of us, especially as African American men, are often anxious and want to get somewhere safe so others can document and observe what is happening. Unfortunately, that is a sign of our times.”
Any such fears Calloway might have had were realized after three officers forced open the door.
“One of the officers is carrying a baton and they have it out right away, they go in and swing, there’s no restraint in the sense of attempted restraint when they go in and they just go out swinging and shooting and apparently administering their taser,” he said wharton
Cellphone video shows officers breaking down the front door and pursuing Calloway at his home. Calloway can be seen running upstairs and trying to hide behind a couch, but the three officers catch up to him, hitting and berating him. The aftermath of the police encounter shows Calloway’s face bloodied as he is handcuffed from his home by police.
“Things have happened too aggressively, too fast, there are other options that could have been used and that’s our point,” Wharton said. “A lot of the photos you’ve probably seen show him as if he was unconscious, we think he was unconscious,” he added.
Wharton believes the police have gone too far and claims that Calloway did not possess any guns. He also says his client is experiencing flashbacks and extreme headaches and is currently receiving medical treatment for the beating he received.
“There are no guns, no knives, no bats, nothing like that that would justify such a response from the officers,” Wharton said.
Calloway was charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest, failing to stop at a stop sign and speeding. Under Tennessee law, evading an arrest by motor vehicle is a felony carrying 30 days to six years in prison and fines of up to $3,000.
Wharton and Calloway want Oakland police officers involved in the alleged excessive force case to face harsh consequences, including possible termination, and at this time they have not ruled out a civil suit.
“One of the ways to show responsibility is through civil damages, and we hope that in discussions with the City of Oakland they will acknowledge that and compensate him,” Wharton said.
Oakland Police Chief Chris Earl referred the Atlanta Black Star’s request to the County Attorney General, 25th Judicial District, Mark Davidson. Davidson confirmed to the Atlanta Black Star that he wanted the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to review the case. A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed to the Atlanta Black Star that it is investigating the arrest but was unable to provide additional information on the case.
Wharton and Calloway want to meet with Oakland City officials to determine a possible resolution to the matter.
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