Tennessee Police Officers Accused of Planting Drugs and Beating Suspect
A lawsuit was filed on Thursday accusing Cookeville, Tennessee police of “excessive use of force” and “planting contraband" during a domestic assault arrest last year.
One officer has been placed on leave because of the incident, and five others are named in the federal lawsuit.
Police car video from the Cookeville Police Department captured the incident that triggered the lawsuit.
On the night of June 4, 2007, Carlos Ferrell was stopped by police on a domestic assault warrant. According to the lawsuit, Ferrell's ex-wife, Tiffany, saw Ferrell, called police and was involved in the initial chase.
Once Ferrell came to a stop, he was ordered out of the car by Cookeville Police Officer Chris Melton.
“Put your hands up, and get out of the car,” Melto