Oakland Police officers will not be indicted after Brandon Calloway arrest investigation
OAKLAND, Tenn. (WMC) - District Attorney Mark Davidson says the police officers involved in a viral arrest video will not face charges.
A Fayette County grand jury decided not to issue an indictment against the officers in Oakland, Tennessee.
Brandon Calloway, 25, was arrested in July after police say he did not stop at a stop sign and refused to stop for officers.
Police said Calloway was also clocked for speeding, driving 32 miles per hour in a 20-mile-per-hour zone, leading officers to initiate a traffic stop. After not pulling over, officers kept chasing Calloway, who ran inside his house.
The police affidavit states officers charged into his home, kicked in two of his doors, and used a taser and baton to take him into custody.
A confrontation between Calloway and the officers ended with Calloway bloodied and in need of stitches.
The grand jury, in this case, returned a “no true bill” meaning they didn’t find enough evidence to indict in this case.
Brandon Calloway and his attorney were not in court for this proceeding and are disappointed by this decision but they also say they’re hopeful for the future.
“It’s obviously a disappointing day for us,” said Calloway’s attorney Andre Wharton. “In particular Brandon.”
“I’m just very disappointed and I’m just kind of questioning like how,” said Calloway. “Also while being disappointed just kind of adding up those feelings. It just kind of like took my soul away because it just happened so fast I didn’t even know they were having a jury meeting or anything.”
Calloway’s attorney Andre Wharton says Calloway also wasn’t called to testify.
“Usually the officers are not there or the people who are indictment is being reviewed as far as charges deciding on who’s gonna be charge or who is not gonna be indicted,” Wharton said. “But for that matter, the victim in this instance is not brought in.”
It isn’t clear what evidence was presented to the grand jury.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate the officers’ actions, and an officer was placed on leave.
The TBI says their investigation is complete and did not share their findings.
Wharton says they’re hoping the Department of Justice steps in.
“We will leave that decision up to them,” said Wharton. “I can tell you there are other individuals another associations are interested in seeing justice be delivered in this case.”
Wharton says this decision not to indict is traumatic for his client but Calloway says he’s hopeful for the future.
“I still have a lot of hope for what’s coming in the future,” said Calloway. “So still got hope.”
Wharton says he will be in contact with the DOJ.
Police charged Calloway with evading arrest, resisting, disorderly conduct, failing to stop at a stop sign and speeding.
Oakland Police Chief says the officer remains on leave for now.
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