Harriman police chief put on desk duty after assault charge

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The head of the Harriman Police Department has been relegated to desk duty after he allegedly assaulted a man at an Oak Ridge bar.

Harriman Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey was charged with misdemeanor assault after getting into an altercation at Swifty’s Atomic Bar and Grill in Oak Ridge on June 30.

According to court documents, Humphrey said two men were wearing ‘biker’ clothing and accused them of being gang members. He then attempted to coerce one of the men to fight him in the parking lot, but was refused. When the man attempted to leave the bar, Humphrey grabbed his neck causing him to suffer injuries. 

The man said Humphrey identified himself as the Harriman Chief of Police by flashing his badge and identification in the bar. 

A witness provided police with a video of Humphrey prior to the assault in which he was attempting to get the man to fight him in the parking lot. 

When the man reported the incident to authorities, police noted that reddness and fresh bruising around left collarbone that was consistent with the description of the event. 

Swifty’s owner and bartender, Matt Swifty, says he did not witness the assault but confirmed Humphrey was at the bar. Swifty personally escorted Humphrey from the establishment. 

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