New information in Red Bank police beating case

RED BANK, Tennessee(WDEF) – There are two new developments in the case of an unarmed illegal immigrant who was beaten by a Red Bank police officer during an arrest.

WDEF has learned the district attorney filed a motion on Wednesday to send the case to a grand jury to determine if there is enough evidence to charge Candido Medina-Resendiz.

During one of the preliminary hearing, dash-cam video evidence of officer Mark Kaylor beating and arresting Medina was never seen in court.

There is now a possibility the charges of DUI by consent, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest may be dropped.

In another shocking revelation, WDEF has now learned what led to the firing of officer Mark Kaylor at a previous law enforcement agency.

According to Rhea County Administrators, Kaylor was a jailor inside the detention center in 2002. He was terminated when he reportedly lied about doing cell checks to make sure inmates were in their cells. But when he applied for a job with Red Bank police, he wrote on his application that he left the job in Rhea County because quote "Benefits."

"If that’s true, it indicates the city of Red Bank failed to conduct even a basic investigation of officer Kaylor’s law enforcement background before hiring him. Or worse, they found out about his termination and hired him anyway. Either way the city has some explaining to do," said Defense Attorney Andrew Free who is representing Medina.

The city manager has not returned phone calls by WDEF and the city attorney tells WDEF that because there is a potential federal lawsuit waiting in the wings, it would not be a good idea to make any comments at this time.

Meanwhile, Medina’s Attorney says someone needs to take responsibility for allowing this to happen to his client.

"Like most employers, law enforcement agencies conduct thorough and diligent background checks before hiring people. That’s especially important when you’re talking about hiring police officers because you’re entrusting them with the power to use deadly force and the power to give sworn testimony in the court of law that could result in someone going to jail."

Despite what was discovered on Kaylor’s Red Bank job application, the officer is still being considered for a promotion that would make him a sergeant.

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