Protesters demand accountability within Red Bank Police Department
Sparks were flying at a Red Bank City Hall meeting Tuesday night. One man called for the police chief's job, if he "can't keep his police department together".
Tuesday, October 21st 2014, 10:38 PM EDT by
Tuesday, October 21st 2014, 11:19 PM EDT
Sparks were flying at a Red Bank City Commission meeting Tuesday, one man called for the police chief's job saying he “couldn't keep his police department together.”
The passion behind those words stem from an investigation of two separate complaints on an officer.
Two men claim Officer Mark Kaylor used excessive force during their arrests.
Kaylor was seen on police dash cam video repeatedly hitting one man during an April traffic stop.
The man's attorney says he could have permanent injuries from this incident.
Months later, another man came forward claiming he too was beaten by the officer during an arrest.
Kaylor is currently under investigation by the TBI.
Protesters hold signs outside Red Bank City Hall calling for an end to police brutality.
“Officer Kaylor should be fired. And I don't think that we should have to wait,” Jared Story said.
Story is a member of Concerned Citizens for Justice and wants to see more accountability within the Red Bank Police Department.
“The community needs to have control and oversight over the police and there needs to be more accountability when the police do things that the community finds unacceptable,” he added.
Protesters took their message inside City Hall demanding their message be heard by commissioners and the police department.
“Folks, something's gotta be done! This is a good and bad argument!” One protester said to the commission.
Rachel Lopez didn't get a chance to speak to Red Bank leaders. Her son Anthony filed an excessive force complaint against Officer Kaylor earlier this year.
“It was heart breaking. I couldn't be there for him, to comfort him. I couldn't even find out what happened,” she said.
Lopez wanted to address the commission but rules only allow Red Bank residents to speak before commissioners and she is currently an East Ridge resident.
Police Chief Tim Christol says Kaylor is not patrolling the streets but is on Administrative Function and believes his department is doing a good job.
“They are responding to the calls of the community and will continue to do so throughout,” he said.
Red Bank Mayor John Roberts did not have a comment after Tuesday's meeting.
Lopez says her son is still recovering from head injuries he received during his arrest with Officer Kaylor.