'THIS IS A RAPE': James Mitchell's attorney describes search after his client claimed deputies used excessive force
The NAACP held a press conference Saturday afternoon at their headquarters after dash cam video showed officers kneeing, punching, and throwing James Mitchell to the ground.
The victim, James Mitchell, stood in silence as his attorney and members of the NAACP discussed the incident.
"We will not rest until justice is served in this county," said Dr. Elenora Woods, NAACP president.
Woods made sexual assault allegations against the two deputies in the dash cam video at the press conference.
"Not only was he wrongfully, wrongfully searched but he was also brutally raped," Woods told reporters.
Her accusations were echoed by the victim's attorney.
"This is a rape," said Mitchell's attorney Robin Flores.
Flores says his client's underwear was pulled down on the side of the road where officers performed a cavity check.
"He received physical anal injuries," Flores said in the press conference.
He says this should have never happened.
"For the life of me I don't know why they'd yank the man's britches off him, on the side of the road handcuffed, pound his head down, knee him," said Flores.
Flores says deputies performed a cavity search-- saying it was rape. He cited the Annotated Tennessee Code of sexual offenses.
39-13-501 in the Annotated Tennessee Code says 'sexual penetration can be any other intrusion, however slight, of any part of a person's body or any object into the genital or anal opening's of the victim.'
"Fingers and hands meets that definition," Flores said in the press conference.
With sexual assault being a common thread during the 30 minute press conference-- Channel 3 asked if they would be pressing sexual assault charges.
"I'm going to leave that to the authorities and we are going to cooperate with them," Flores told reporters.
Members of the NAACP called on officials to take action.
"We don't let this happen to animals. We are not going to let this happen to human beings," said Woods.
This investigation is ongoing. The officers seen in the videos have not been charged with a crime.
The NAACP plans on gathering at their headquarters Monday to develop a further plan of action with citizens in the community.