Charles Toney’s charges dismissed two weeks after controversial arrest

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- The Hamilton County Court system shows that all three charges stemming from an arrest were dismissed against Charles Toney.

He was charged with tampering with evidence, assault, and resisting arrest.

On December 3, Toney was arrested on a drug warrant. He was seen in a video being punched and kicked by Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy Blake Kilpatrick.

The sheriff responded to the incident last week.

His civil rights attorney Lee Merritt held a press conference last week addressing the video. 

Merritt is pleased prosecutors decided to dismiss the charges.

“The Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office has dropped the false charges filed against Charles Toney by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. We applaud District Attorney Neal Pinkston for rejecting the demonstrably false charges from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office,” Merritt said in a statement.

Merritt and Toney are in the process of filing a civil suit.

The Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office did want to comment because of Toney’s other pending cases and the Department of Justice investigation.

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