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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,” Melton is heard telling Ferrell on the tape.

Ferrell, 28, exits the car with his arms raised while Officer Jeff Johnson is holding the department’s police dog.

The video shows the dog bite Ferrell several times. Attorney Blair Durham is representing Ferrell.

“The dog is released. The dog then chews into Mr. Ferrell's leg where, of course, he goes to the ground,” he said.

"Your dog just ate my leg off,” Ferrell said on the tape. Durham also accused Melton of planting drugs on Ferrell.

In the dash cam video, Melton is seen searching Ferrell's pockets a number of times.

Then, Durham said, another officer appears to give a signal with his hand, at which point Melton then reaches into his right pocket and looks into the camera.

It’s at that point on the tape that Durham said Melton appears to put drugs in Ferrell's pocket.

“Whoa, Carlos, weed? Now you got you another freaking charge, how about that?"

Melton told Ferrell in the video. Melton has been placed on administrative leave with pay. T

he night of the stop, Ferrell was charged with evading arrest and possession of marijuana.

“That’s a complete drug plant is what I'm alleging. It’s a complete unlawful search, first of all, and it’s a planting of paraphernalia,” Durham said.

Cookeville police said they are "completely cooperating with the TBI (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)."

A representative said the department is not trying to hide anything and doesn’t want to look like it is.

Police took Ferrell to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Durham said Ferrell is no choir boy but that he's never been arrested on violent offenses.

According to his record, Ferrell has two DUIs and a previous drug possession charge.

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  • There's your typical cops performing their typical, crooked, lying, poorly-trained, under educated, cheating, drug-planting, filthy-assed, stinking, f*cked up tactics once again...Anyone on here besides me doing a "Bad cop/good cop" posting count??? Where's all the LiveLeak cop defenders at??? You fools would do well to wake up & see whats happening to your country with these, the REAL terrorists, running through society.

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  • If they are convicted of their alledged crimes then they should face enhanced sentences because they have abused the faith of the american publice... and then we should all move forward...

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    • i'm pretty much for that as well

      since they're in a position of authority they did a lot more damage than a normal criminal typically does. like i said who knows how many citizens were put in jail and charged over false crimes by that same group of police

      the justice system over there probably doesn't want to look back on those old cases or return the money to the wrongly convicted, either. look how hard it is for an innocent person to get off Death Row even after new evidence shows their inno More..

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  • Welcome to the USSA...our finest militarized
    police in action. I hope people will wake up
    soon...I don't want these jerks protecting me.

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  • Welcome to seeing one or two jackass officers make the rest look bad. Southern cops are not bad. I would know.

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    • ya your probly right, but this makes me sick to my stomach, the whole thing from the aggression to the weed, its like they take it personally for some reason.

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  • If you're gonna Plant Drugs,....

    It is highly preferred you Plant the in the GROUND !

    They just don't grow well in pockets.

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  • are you deleting my comments? asshole!

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  • http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=84a_1249155072

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  • wheres all the racist comments??

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  • I dont know about there but I have always wondered why there are such low standards for law enforcement officers. Here all you need is a GED, not even a high school diploma... no wonder the dregs of society seem to flock to law enforcement. Its sad to say but how many people are even surprised that this happens?

    If found guilty these cops should face a mandatory maximum sentence of everything they were trying to charge this guy with.

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  • Here we go again, COPS you need to learn that cameras exist!

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  • Plant drugs on me & your signing your own death sentence!

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  • That's screwed up.

    Cookeville is the same town where state troopers shot some family's dog in 2003 thinking the family had held up a gas station.

    http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/01/09/police.kill.dog/index.html

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  • BTW, here is the link to this same vid, posted and featured yesterday,
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=84a_1249155072

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  • Drug Cartel and gang members freely roaming the country thanks to open borders has caused local police to become militant, you can thank you weak ass congress for this

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  • Damn cops ! This is a repost !

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  • republican voters :)

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  • I can't hold it in any longer...I TOLD YOU SO!

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  • fuk tennessee.

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  • Thanks for getting the whole story before you posted.

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  • One bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch, girl.

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  • put the mutherfukers in jail

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  • Looks like some whiskey drinking cross eyed melon heads jacking up a fat sanchez for his dough.

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  • Cops are like this all over the world. It all has to do with how much power they have. The more power, the more abuses, and worse abuses. They cannot be trusted, because it is when you trust them, and don't question their every move, and keep a good eye on them, and immediately correct themwhen they are doing something wrong, their mentality will change. Left unsupervised, they will torture you to death. It is human nature, scientifically proven. Power corrupts. That's why everybody needs to exp More..

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    • the answer to 'power corrupts' is always 'checks and balances'

      let no agency or person be superior over all the rest. make it a circle with every person and agency holding the next person and agency accountable. the CIA is beholden to Congress (even though they don't think they are, or act like it, lol), Congress is beholden to the people, the people are beholden to the police, the police are beholden to their own internal investigations boards, the internal investigations boards are...

      the mo More..

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  • cops hoisted by their own petard, lasrever right or wrong las

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  • i highly doubt these two officers are the exception.

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