South Pitttsburg Chief demoted, TBI investigates officer

STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED TO INCLUDE TBI STATEMENT
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SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tennessee (WDEF) – The turmoil continues for the South Pittsburg police department.

A police brutality complaint has apparently led to another shake up in the department.

At the beginning of this year, the city fired Robert Simpson as chief (he has since become chief of the Red Bank Police Dept.) when a new administration took over.

City officials promoted Ryan Meeks to replace him.

But on Tuesday night, the city commission demoted Meeks to Sergeant on the force.

The move came as the department has been accused of police brutality.

The TBI is now investigating an officer who is accused of kicking a suspect in the face during an arrest over the weekend.

“TBI Agents are investigating an allegation of excessive force by an officer from the South Pittsburg Police Department during an arrest on Saturday. We have Agents working to gather any and all relevant evidence and interviews and, in turn, will submit investigative findings to the District Attorney General for his further review and consideration.”

City officials confirm that the officer under investigation is Josh Chance.

Gary King’s family posted home security video of the arrest.

King was arrested at his home and charged with reckless endangerment and resisting arrest after firing a gun in his yard.

King just got out of jail on Tuesday afternoon and spoke to us about the incident.

(Then) Chief Meeks declined to talk about the case to us on advice from his attorney.

While the TBI investigation continues, Lt. Brenda Roth will serve as interim police chief.

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