A Middle Tennessee sheriff is accused of roughing up a suspect while he was handcuffed and in custody, and the Channel 4 I-Team has uncovered sworn testimony from one of his own deputies describing what happened that night.
It all began with a misdemeanor arrest of a suspect accused for giving booze to underage teens at a big field party.
But, it's what the deputy testified the Benton County sheriff did during that arrest that is raising serious questions.
A portion of that recorded testimony follows:
Attorney: Can you describe how Mr. Holloran was taken into custody?
Deputy: The sheriff ordered him to get down on the ground and for me to handcuff him or for someone to handcuff him. I was right there, so I handcuffed him.
Attorney: Did you strike Mr. Holloran?
Deputy: No, ma'am.
Attorney: Did you see someone assault Mr. Holloran?
Deputy: After he was cuffed and he was lying on the ground, he was on his stomach. The sheriff came up to him and was talking to him, yelling at him, I guess. And (he had) his flashlight to the side of his face and was hollering at him. I couldn't tell you exactly what was said.
Attorney: And struck him?
Deputy: Yes, ma'am, I guess.
Attorney: More than once?
Deputy: No, ma'am.
Benton County Sheriff Tony King would not talk on camera with the Channel 4 I-Team about that statement made under oath by one of his own deputies. But he did say over the phone he did not hit the suspect and doesn't know why that testimony was made.
King also said the case remains under investigation and there has been no formal complaint made against him.
The charges against Daniel Holloran and his son were dismissed, as the judge ruled deputies did not have probable cause to make the arrests in the first place.
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