Charges dropped after video captures violent arrest in Chattanooga


The charges against a Chattanooga man at the center of a violent arrest that went viral have now been dropped.

Video captured Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Detective Blake Kilpatrick violently arresting Charles Toney, 24, on Monday, December 3. The video shows Kilpatrick punching him at least six times and kicking him once.

Kilpatrick wrote in an arrest report that he thought Toney was reaching for a weapon.

Charles Toney’s attorney saying he suffered a collapsed lung, fractured ribs, nose and a fractured finger after he was assaulted by a deputy while he was handcuffed.

However, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office says that medical staff who checked Toney after his arrest failed to find any of those injuries.

Toney had been charged with assault, tampering with evidence and resisting arrest. His attorney now says all of those charges have been dropped.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond said the case was turned over to the district attorney. The district attorney’s office says they referred it to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Kilpatrick has been placed on desk duty since the incident.

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