A Tennessee sheriff’s detective has been assigned a desk job and an investigation is underway after video surfaced of him punching and kicking a man in handcuffs.
The Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office confirmed Monday it has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the case.
Meanwhile, internal affairs will also investigate Detective Blake Kilpatrick’s actions.
Video shot by a bystander during an arrest last week shows Kilpatrick kicking and punching suspect Charles Toney, a rapper also known as “Interstate Tax.”
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond said Kilpatrick was at Toney’s home with U.S. Marshals on a federal warrant roundup.
Hammond held a press conference in response to the video with county commissioners and representatives of the NAACP.
“There is deep concern. The general rule is once someone is handcuffed, you back up on the way in which you take them into custody or deal with them at that point. That’s what we are focusing on,” Hammond said.
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