UPDATE: Lawyer representing man seen fighting with officer in viral video issues statement
UPDATE: The lawyer representing the man fighting with a Chattanooga Police officer in a viral video has issued a statement.
McCracken Poston of the Law Offices of McCracken Poston is representing William Alexander Floyd. Floyd was arrested and charged with assault, vandalism/malicious mischief, resisting arrest or obstruction of legal process and disorderly conduct.
"Things are not always as they appear," Poston said. "There is a much more interesting story in the seconds leading up to the events that were captured and widely shared on social media.
You can read Poston's full statement below.
PREVIOUS STORY: A video of a fight between a man and a Chattanooga Police officer is being shared on social media.
The video was posted on Twitter around 3:00 am Saturday. Channel 3 has confirmed the fight on Station Street.
An arrest affidavit confirmed that William Alexander Floyd is the man shown in the video.
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CPD officers responded to a simple assault at on Station Street.
"Police were on scene providing crowd control [in front] of Regans Dance Club when a tussle broke out between several parties and club bouncers," the affidavit explains.
When officers stepped in to break up the fight, Floyd stepped in front of them. He then tried to stop the officers from breaking up the tussle by pushing one officer back away from the fighting parties.
The officer tried to detain Floyd, but Floyd resisted and punched the CPD officer in the head "breaking his prescription glasses."
Officers were able to take Floyd into custody. He was charged with assault, vandalism/malicious mischief, resisting arrest or obstruction of legal process and disorderly conduct. He was taken to the Hamilton County Jail but has since bonded out.
Channel 3 reached out to the Chattanooga Police Department for more information. They sent us the following statement:
"The video posted on Facebook has been brought to our attention. I can confirm a CPD Officer was involved in a physical exchange with another person that resulted in no injuries and one arrest. The entire matter including what led up to the confrontation is being reviewed by CPD at this time. The review includes, but is not limited to, reports, interviews, and video."
Stay with Channel 3 for updates.