Skip to comments.Caught on Tape: Graphic Dashcam Video at Center of TBI Investigation (Tennessee)
Posted on 07/08/2011 4:45:36 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
Dashboard cameras are supposed to help protect police officers and sheriff's deputies from groundless complaints, but a graphic dash cam video obtained by FOX17 NEWS has some Humphreys County lawmen at the center of a TBI investigation. It was January 23 on the outskirts of Waverly when sheriff's deputies roll up to a house on Bearcat Lane. It started otu peacefully enough, with authorities questioning 35 year old Darrin Ring on the left and 2 other men who say they live next door to the home, but the peace was quickly shattered. 3 Humphreys County sheriff's deputies converge on Ring and take him down. You can hear them telling Ring to settle down before deputies repeatedly hit and kicked him.
"In the course of about 14 minutes they removed his clothing so he was laying naked in the snow," says District Public Defender Jake Lockert. "Cuffed his hands in front of him, pepper sprayed him, tazed him multiple times, beat him with steel asps and kicked him into the ribs until the point they punctured a lung."
The sheriff's deputies were eventually joined by 2 Waverly police officers who were backing them up. The Waverly officers have tazer guns. Lockert, a former state prosecutor, says it's the worst case of excessive force he's ever seen.
"Our client was in a no win situation," says Lockert. "If he obeys the officers' commands and tries to comply, he's kicked and beaten and tazed. If he doesn't move, he's hit and beaten and tazed."
Lockert says Darrin Ring was drunk but committed no crime. He says his client was charged with Assaulting an Officer and Resisting Arrest to cover up what he contends is the real crime. Jake Lockert will be in court July 20 asking for all charges against Darrin Ring to be dropped, and Ring is considering a civil lawsuit. The sheriff's department didn't comment Thursday. The officers involved remain on the job pending the TBI's investigation.
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“Lockert, a former state prosecutor, says it’s the worst case of excessive force he’s ever seen.” ... Ya think?
The Post&Email has been posting stories about corruption in Tennessee’s law enforcement and the courts.
If you haven’t been reading about it, you should. I would never want to live in Tennessee after reading about those incidents.
I’ll avoid Waverly.
“The officers involved remain on the job pending the TBI’s investigation.”
YOU or ME would be in jail right now, NOT still free and on the job.
Its not just in Tennessee, something is seriously wrong with law enforcement in all 57 states...
well obviously the guy deserved it, there wasn’t a dog to shoot and the cops were highly disappointed
really how often do you do this?
Why would they strip the clothes off this man?
The pack syndrome is strong in police officers, and if you give any indication you do not respect them, you get an ass kicking..
Note: They don’t have to respect you.
It’s things like this that have me not so trusting of the police anymore.
I'll wager there are whole lots of county residents, and vagrants who traveled thru, who whisper and go all pale when Humphrey is mentioned.
Time was the term was "protect and serve." Now it's, "Let's hurt some civilians."
There was an old expression “You can’t outrun the Motorola roadblock”, and cops have a LOT more technology at their disposal today than back then.
Someone is damn lucky, that’s for sure...
Its funny you mention this, I have a relative who lives in South Georgia. He has ran from the cops at least 20 times in the last ten or so years, he just don't like them. They try to stop him for speeding, tail lights, tag lights and other assorted fun stuff. He just takes off.
On one occasion he just drove thru some one's cow pasture in his pickup onto an adjacent logging road, then home...
It amazes me he's not been caught, our found out about. But about once or twice a year for the last decade or so he runs from the cops.
They’re all fat, dumb, lazy, loud and as mean and common as any criminal.
That's a feature, not a bug.
how long before some pissed off citizens take matters into their own hands
Amazing link. Thanks for posting it. You should use that link as your sole rebuttal whenever someone questions you for criticizing violent criminals who happen to have badges.
“seriously wrong with law enforcement in all 57 states...”
I would suggest it reflects what’s seriously wrong with the governments that employ those cops....and that I would suspect We the People are going to have some interesting opportunities...and obligations to become intimate with our Second Amendment rights.
I will go out on a limb here and predict the police will find the police acted ‘properly’.
The ‘police’ have become the ‘standing army’ our founders warned us of....
I’ve been robbed one time in my life —it was by 2 uniformed San Francisco Police Officers.
I have no tattoos, wear no hip-hop clothing, pack no attitude, carry no weapons, and I don’t go to bars. I also have never done any recreational drugs.
I also don’t go around swearing.
I used to trust the cops, but now I do not.
DON’T BE STUPID AND TRUST THE COPS.
would not surprise me at all
Perhaps eight or ten times in the last twenty years. It's been close to twenty years since I got a traffic ticket, and more than that since I had one "stick."
In the "running" incidents, either they've radared me going in the opposite direction on the road, and I saw their brake lights and roof lights go on and nailed it, or they've been parked on the side of the road and gunned me with their radar.
I've never tried to run one that came up on me from behind, but I've never been caught that way, either. First thing Dad taught me was to always, always watch the rear-view mirrors. I can pick out a Statey over a mile back in my rear-view on the highway... those cars just have a real distinctive outline, and way of moving down the road. Also, other cars have idnetifiable ways of reacting when a cop pulls up on them; it's quite easy to spot if you're looking for it.
And you can trust me that there is no "luck" involved. None. The badged felons are disadvantaged by trying to catch a much faster vehicle driven by someone with at least twice their I.Q. and ten times their common sense and driving skill. They are quite simply way overmatched. It's like a first grader trying to box with Mike Tyson in his prime. I'm just playing with them.
As they say, "the proof is in the pudding."
The cops of today are just thugs with badges.
About 25 years ago the police were being real jerks in a city in northern Michigan. The millage came due and they laid off 6 of the eight police officers. They had to put on a huge P.R. campaign to get their jobs back. After that the police were a whole lot more civil for a time.
We don’t need to be afraid of the police if we can still let them know we are their bosses. Problem is now they take every thing you have for minor infraction or first time offenses and no longer need to get taxes from the people.
The police ALWAYS WERE the standing army our founders warned us of.
In colonial days, the king's army was the mechanism for enforcing the king's will on the people. In the early days of the Republic, there were no police. If the local sheriff or constable needed help catching or subduing some criminal, then he would request the help of the citizens. No law or order COULD be enforced if the common people didn't feel like helping enforce it. It created the situation where the government needed the active support of the people in order to operate.
Now, we have a standing army, the standing army that the Founders warned us of. Any government official who carries a weapon is part of it. FBI, DEA, TSA, local cop, whatever, it's the standing army.
He wouldn’t go by the name of Bo or Luke, would he?
The correct term is, 'goon'.
Don’t forget your meth.
At what point will we cease being surprised when scorpions sting us?
I was “fined” by a Kansas cop in 1984 because I was off the Interstate with an out-of-state tag. The fine for my infraction, which was never actually enunciated was exactly the sum of money in my pockets and my wallet. He was too lazy to make me take off my shoes so I had the funds to get home to Florida. When I questioned the fine he unsnapped his holster and said I should not make any trouble.
“how long before some pissed off citizens take matters into their own hands”
That county is heavily wooded with some long lonely roads.
Come on, folks.
They enforce LAWS.
(In reality, they are a typical part of the “Standing Army” our Founders justifiably feared.)
If everything I've read about this is true and this happened to me, I would find the cops in their cars, douse the car with gasoline, light it and shoot as they exited. I'm sick of this crap. Years ago I was found guilty of a crime I didn't commit so I have some standing to be pissed.
I’ve done it twice. ;-)
It use to be to serve and protect. Now it’s to serve and protect themselves. Most police forces are now for, about and of themselves. The only use the public has in the current scheme is to provide the necessary funds and enough ‘criminals’ to justify it all.
It’s a blast. I get goosebumps thinking about it.
Back in the day [when I was still carrying a badge and gun], I read a lot of posts in a on-line forum of fellow officers.
The ones that got the most attention were the cops from the N.E. and how they demanded special attention and treatment.
Typical complaint went like this. - A cop on vacation from DC, Philly, Newark, NYC, Boston [You decide] is headed to Florida for vacation.
Cruising along far too fast, he is pulled over in Virginia or North Carolina.
Uniformed officer approaches the speeder, only to observe the window coming down, the badge and credential case being draped over the glass, and the window going back up, locking the badge in place. In essence saying - Leave me alone, I'm a cop, too!
This used to happen so often, the officers just got into the habit of making an immediate call for a supervisor to respond while the officer stood there waiting for the window to come down, so he could politely ask for Driver's license and proof of registration.
I had a short stint in Internal Affairs and got to see this same type of arrogance close up.
Goon is too nice of a word for them.
The cops both knew that the in dash camera was running. The uniforms knew not to get into a conversation that escalated.
With the arrival of a supervisor and often more backup, an appropriate action was taken - Initial ticket, failure to obey lawful request, on and on.
Some times these N.E. badboys found themselves on the way to see a judge, just to remind them what state they were in at the time, and that they had no authority what so ever outside their respective districts.
That was not a fine, just a thugs way of padding his meager pay check.
You are lucky ... lucky you have not killed some innocent bystander or other innocent driver panicked by your chase scene, or hit some kid along the road. You may think you’re a real badass driver, but you cannot see over a hill or around a corner at every juncture. Stop being a threat to your fellow travelers.
Bwahahahahaha ... you so tough.
Come on Megan, not so trusting anymore? Any decent lawyer will tell you that for your own safety and wellbeing, you should never trust, or even communicate with any law enforcement officer beyond providing them with your name, and your driving documents should you be pulled over. Their training isnt to protect you, its to find some reason to incarcerate you. You may end up with a traffic ticket, but nothing more unless you willingly give them additional information they can use against you Not a day goes buy that there are not multiple articles on FR about police corruption. They are nothing more than uniformed union members who have been given guns.