VIDEO: Cherokee Co. Sheriff’s Office responds to arrest caught on cam
CHEROKEE Co., Ala. (WBRC) - A video of a man being arrested in Cherokee County is getting a lot of reaction on social media.
WBRC FOX6 News was emailed several questions from viewers about the deputy in the pink shirt, who appears to be hitting a suspect several times. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office says the man on the ground was a disorderly conduct suspect and said he was resisting arrest and would not allow deputies to handcuff him.
The Cherokee County Sheriff says the suspect had already resisted a taser twice, before the video started - and that the elbow strikes to the suspect are a technique taught at the police academy.
The Cherokee County Sheriff says they’re investigating this internally, which is protocol. An outside agency is also investigating.
Here is a complete statement from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office regarding the incident recently at Easy Street in Centre:
During the very early morning hours of Sunday, September 4th, 2022, 911 calls were made regarding a fight at Easy Street Bar and Restaurant in Centre. Centre Police on the scene requested assistance and personnel from Leesburg Police and the Sheriff’s Office responded. The altercation had moved to the parking lot and law enforcement officers were attempting to arrest the two primary individuals involved.
Leesburg Police and the Sheriff’s Office arrested, Jason Mallett, 44 of Leesburg, and charged him two counts of harassment (toward a law enforcement officer), with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Mallett was transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center by the arresting deputy.
The other individual, Terry Hawkins, Jr., 33 of Leesburg, involved had resisted and was placed on the ground by police. While on the ground, Hawkins continued to resist and would not allow officers to handcuff him. A Centre officer deployed a Taser twice during the time he was resisting arrest. Hawkins continued to resist after the Taser deployment and an off-duty deputy deployed three elbow strikes, a technique officers are trained in the academy, to Hawkins and he then complied and was cuffed. Centre Police arrested Hawkins for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and transported him to the Centre Police Department.
On-scene law enforcement requested additional assistance three times during the altercation, but all available on-duty law enforcement officers were already at the location.
As part of normal Sheriff’s Office protocol, an internal investigation has been underway since the incident occurred and an outside agency is also investigating the use of force.
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