UPDATE: Video shows Chattanooga police hitting driver accused of resisting arrest, speeding
The Chattanooga Police Department is responding to a video circulating on social media that shows an officer punching Fredrico Wolfe during a traffic stop on March 10.
The video shows police asking Wolfe to step out of the vehicle.
Wolfe complies with the officers’ request and then put his hands on the roof of his car.
That's when three officers are seen taking him to the ground and punching him.
According to the arrest report, Wolfe was seen going 12 miles over the speed limit and police reported seeing him throw two items out of the passenger side window, which they believed to be drugs.
The same report claims Wolfe was "resisting arrest.”
Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy released the following statement to Channel 3:
"The Chattanooga Police Department is aware of a video circulating on social media relating to a traffic stop that occurred on March 3, 2018," said Chief David Roddy. "More importantly, we share in the concern it has caused in our community. Let me assure everyone that your police department and its internal affairs unit are reviewing all related materials, videos, and evidence and a formal internal investigation has started. Due to the fact that the charges incurred by the driver are bound over to the grand jury and a CPD administrative investigation is proceeding we are unable to discuss or disclose details related to the matter. However, as this progresses through these processes and we are able to release additional information, we will do so."
Mayor Andy Berke also weighed in about the incident on Twitter.
The CPD Officer who is the subject of the internal investigation has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Court records show Wolfe has a limited criminal history. He was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in 2011 and 2013.
Channel 3 reached out to Wolfe's attorney, Robin Flores who said he’s unable to comment on the case at this time but will keep us posted on any updates.
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