Dashcam video shows man’s beating, arrest by Hamilton County officers

Hamilton County sheriff’s deputies striking handcuffed Black man prompts request for TBI probe

The Hamilton County district attorney general asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to investigate possible use of excessive force after several Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies were recorded on dashboard camera video repeatedly striking a handcuffed Black man during an arrest in May.

Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston’s office also released footage of the arrest, which was recorded by equipment in a sheriff’s office vehicle.

The footage shows a handcuffed 32-year-old Reginald Arrington Jr. screaming and flailing his legs as deputies pin his torso to the ground and strike at his legs with batons, ordering him to “stop kicking.”

“I can’t breathe,” Arrington can be heard shouting in the footage. “You’re about to kill me, man.”

“Relax. Nobody wants to hurt you. Relax,” one of the deputies can be heard saying later in the footage as four deputies pin Arrington to the ground and another shackles his feet. Continue Reading

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Full dashcam video shows man’s beating, Skip to 21:30 where the beating starts