Police deny "excessive force" claim in College Hill Courts - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Police deny "excessive force" claim in College Hill Courts

Posted: Updated:

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Cell phone video is shown to Channel 3 by a group of people accusing Chattanooga Police officers of going too far.

Despite warnings of "graphic content," the video from October 4th shows just the opposite.

What it does show is a Chattanooga Police officer putting Aaron Mitchell in a patrol car for being at College Hill Courts when he wasn't supposed to be there.

Ash-Lee Henderson with Concerned Citizens for Justice says what didn't make the tape is what bothers her.

"It is really sad because people who look and live like me everyday are having to live in terror."

The group hopes the video helps to begin a conversation about the force officers use.

A local pastor wrote a formal complaint to CPD.

Suspect Aaron Mitchell says the video started rolling right after officers slammed him to the ground.

"This is crazy. I didn't do anything to that man," Mitchell says. "What did I do to that man?"

Mitchell has been arrested nearly a dozen time in the last year for trespassing.

Even during this interview, he is again in violation at College Hill Courts.

He claims he faced more physical abuse while in jail.

"He beat me up. Look at my teeth. He beat me up bad. He beat me up bad. My arm still hurts."

Boyd Patterson, a community liaison, says this incident needs to be used for relationship building, instead of finger pointing.

"The progress Chattanooga needs to make on the scale that it needs to be made on, there has to be trust. As much trust as possible."

The Chattanooga Police Department released this statement Tuesday afternoon:

"The Chattanooga Police Department has been made aware of a recent Youtube video regarding an arrest made in College Hill Courts on October 4, 2012.  After reviewing the video, it appears  that the officers were simply conducting routine police work and acted in a professional manner.  No violations were observed in the video and at this point, no official complaint has been filed.  The Chattanooga Police Department takes all complaints of this manner very seriously and if anyone feels their rights have been violated, they can call either the Office of the Chief of Police or Internal Affairs."

  • NewsMore>>

  • Israel pounds Gaza as it searches for soldier

    Israel pounds Gaza as it searches for soldier

    Saturday, August 2 2014 12:34 AM EDT2014-08-02 04:34:24 GMT
    A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.More
    Israel launched dozens of airstrikes early Saturday in the southern Gaza Strip as part of a large-scale search for a soldier Israel suspects was captured by Hamas fighters.More
  • What to expect from CFC's NPSL Title Match opponent the NY Red Bulls U23

    What to expect from CFC's NPSL Title Match opponent the NY Red Bulls U23

    Saturday, August 2 2014 12:22 AM EDT2014-08-02 04:22:54 GMT
    Chattanooga FC has proved they're not like most NPSL teams. They're the only team to make three national title games. They're the only team that pushes the boundaries when it comes to attendance, in fact they hold the single game league record but they'll hit the field Saturday night, one win away from the team's first national title as an underdog. More
    Chattanooga FC has proved they're not like most NPSL teams. They're the only team to make three national title games. They're the only team that pushes the boundaries when it comes to attendance, in fact they hold the single game league record but they'll hit the field Saturday night, one win away from the team's first national title as an underdog. More
  • CPD hires new communications coordinator after internal job posting

    CPD hires new communications coordinator after internal job posting

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:40:36 GMT
    It took just four days and an internal-only posting for the City of Chattanooga to find its new communications coordinator for the Chattanooga Police Department. Mayor Andy Berke's former administrative assistant was selected for the job.More
    It took just four days and an internal-only posting for the City of Chattanooga to find its new communications coordinator for the Chattanooga Police Department. Mayor Andy Berke's former administrative assistant was selected for the job.More
Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.