Dash cam video released in alleged Niota police assault incident

Dash cam video released in alleged Niota police assault incident

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Ray Stewart released dash cam video to 6 News showing the alleged assault by two Niota Police officers. Ray Stewart released dash cam video to 6 News showing the alleged assault by two Niota Police officers.
Ray Stewart claims he was beaten by two Niota Police Officers in the summer of 2011. Ray Stewart claims he was beaten by two Niota Police Officers in the summer of 2011.

NIOTA (WATE) - Newly released dash cam video is shedding new light about the investigation involving two police officers allegedly beating a man.

The incident dates back to a traffic stop in 2011.

Ray Stewart, who was in Niota for work, says he was pulled over by two officers on his way to a city council meeting. Those officers have been identified as Donald McCarter and Jonathan Scott.

Stewart says the reason he was going to the meeting was to complain about illegal activity he thought the Niota Police Department was involved in.

Dash cam video shows Stewart talking with an officer, then he goes out of frame.

"He bodily picks me up off the ground and shoves me head first into the concrete floor," Stewart said, describing what happened next.

In the dash cam video, you can hear Stewart moaning in agony. He says the beating lasts a few minutes.

New court documents Steward shared with 6 News also show Officer Donald McCarter was fired in 2004 from the Vonore Police Department for using unnecessary force. The record also states McCarter resigned in 2009 from the Etowah Police Department after several reprimands, including one for tasing a dog to death.

Stewart claims his efforts to let city leaders know about problems on the small Niota force led to a smackdown maneuver on him all in an effort he says to shut him up.

"How are cops doing this?" Stewart asked. "These are the guys that are supposed to protect us."

6 News spoke with Niota Chief of Police June Parham. She says she now has a lawyer who has advised her not to comment on the incident.

Officers Donald McCarter and Jonathan Scott have since been suspended without pay. Their trial on conspiracy charges is set for August 13.

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