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Hamilton County prosecutor asks TBI to investigate beating of Black man by sheriff’s deputies

Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston has requested the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into the alleged beating of a Black man by Hamilton County sheriff’s deputies on May 23.

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The man, Reginald Arrington Jr., was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, simple assault on police, criminal impersonation, pedestrian in roadway and four counts of aggravated assault on police after several white deputies found him walking on Old Lee Highway, according to the district attorney’s office and court records.

The deputies had been called to the area by a woman who lived in the 4800 block of Waverly Court in Ooltewah. She told deputies that a Black man in a blue jumpsuit was walking up to women and “asking them questions and asked her how to get out of the neighborhood,” court records state.

During the arrest process, the officers and Arrington got into a physical altercation.

All of the charges against Arrington were dropped on Tuesday.

In a news release, Pinkston said the police body-worn camera and dashboard camera footage “caused enough concern to warrant an investigation.”

“I have not made a final determination on anything related to this case,” he said in a statement, “but what I saw in the videos was troubling. That’s why I’m requesting a thorough investigation to ascertain whether or not excessive force was used in this incident.”

Pinkston has also referred the matter to the Department of Justice for possible investigation, and notified the general counsel for Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.

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