Sheriff & NAACP talk about deputy seen punching a suspect on video

UPDATE:

Regarding the actions of HCSO personnel during the arrest of Charles Toney, District Attorney General Neal Pinkston has referred the matter to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Sheriff Jim Hammond and members of the NAACP talked about a video that has been circulating for about a week of a suspect being punched while in handcuffs.

24 year old Charles Toney was arrested on December 3rd.

Deputies along Chattanooga Police and the U.S. Marshal’s service were serving warrants.

A deputy was caught on the video punching Toney while he was cuffed.

He was charged with resisting arrest, assault, tampering with or fabricating evidence and obstruction of legal process.

Sheriff Hammond has called for an internal investigation into what happened.

He says they still haven’t seen the full video of the incident yet.

Community leaders praise the Sheriff being proactive, but say they need to get some answers quickly to avoid problems in the community.

(Sheriff Jim Hammond, NAACP Pres. Dr. Elenora Woods, Comm. Warren Mackey, and Comm. Katherlyn Geter talk about the video showing a suspect being punched while in handcuffs.)
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