2 Niota police officers indicted on oppression charges

2 Niota police officers indicted on oppression charges

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Officer Donald McCarter (source: McMinn County Sheriff's Office Officer Donald McCarter (source: McMinn County Sheriff's Office
Officer Jonathan Scott (source: McMinn County Sheriff's Office) Officer Jonathan Scott (source: McMinn County Sheriff's Office)

NIOTA (WATE) - Two Niota police officers were arrested Friday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on official oppression charges.

Officer Donald McCarter, 45, and Officer Jonathan Scott, 22, were indicted earlier this week by the McMinn County Grand Jury for an altercation with a man they arrested last summer.

Each officer is charged with one count of official oppression and one count of conspiracy to commit official oppression.

On June 13, 2011, Officer Scott pulled over Wesley Stewart, 53, for riding a motorized bicycle without a tag or registration. 

The stop was near Stewart's home. He refused to produce his license and registration, and when Scott went back to his cruiser Stewart walked home.

After Officer McCarter arrived at the scene, he and Scott entered Stewart's home to arrest him. There was an altercation and Stewart was injured.

Stewart was charged in the incident, but the charges were later dismissed in General Sessions Court.

TBI opened the investigation at the request of the District Attorney General. The two officers were booked into the McMinn County Jail Friday.

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