The former Harriman Police Chief charged with misdemeanor assault got his case tossed out in Anderson County court Nov. 15.
Ken Humphrey was the acting Chief of Police at the Harriman Police Department when he was arrested for allegedly grabbing a fellow bar-goer by the neck and injuring him at Swifty’s Bar and Grill in June 2018.
The victim failed to appear at the first court hearing in October, so the state issued a subpoena for another hearing scheduled for Nov. 15.
In court, the victim once again did not appear for the re-scheduled status hearing, despite receiving and signing the subpoena.
As a result, an Anderson County judge decided to dismiss the case. He said the victim will have the opportunity to re-open the case at a later date, as long as it is prior to the statute of limitations ending in June 2019.
Defense Attorney Michael Clement maintains that no such assault ever took place and was prepared to argue his position in court.
“There was no altercation, that’s what we say,” Clement said. “The judge made the right ruling.”
Clement also said that had this case ended differently, it would have had professional consequences for his client.
“Any person in a public position is exposed to the potential that these things can happen. Had he been convicted, it would have damaged him. That’s why we so vigorously opposed it.”
Ken Humphrey took a leave of absence shortly after his arrest and in October notified the Harriman Police Department that he would not be returning to his position as Chief of Police.