The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has declared that it will investigate a savage beating of a black man by Oakland police officers after he was approached inside a residence for an apparent traffic violation. The incident took place on Saturday.
According to NBC News, a loved one videotaped the altercation at the Oakland residence. The officers who accosted Brandon Calloway are seen in the video assaulting and tasing him. Following the assault, the Black man’s face was bloodied.
The footage begins when the officers arrive at the residence of 25-year-old Brandon Calloway. One of the officers is seen beating Calloway with a baton, as another officer draws a gun. During the physical altercation inside the house, a lady can be heard yelling, “Stop, stop, Brandon, Brandon, stop!” “Please stop hurting him!”
The footage also shows the officers chasing the Black man upstairs before deploying a taser. “Why are you chasing him and assaulting him?” the woman asks. “I need to contact my mother.” “I need to contact his mother.”
Later, a third police officer arrives on the scene and assists the two other policemen in their attempt to apprehend the man. After being brought out of the room, the Black man is seen with a bloodied face.
In an affidavit, police stated that officers attempted to stop Calloway after he ran a stop sign. According to the affidavit, Calloway “sped away,” reaching 32 mph in a 20 mph zone. The officers turned on their lights after Calloway did not pull over, according to the affidavit.
Officers pursued Calloway until he pulled over to the side of a house and rushed inside. “This is my… house, and I did stop for the sign,” Calloway yelled as he entered the residence, according to police, adding that he also used an obscenity.
According to police, the officers eventually kicked in the main door as well as another locked door. According to NBC News, Calloway was thought to be in the locked room. According to the affidavit, an officer tasered Calloway while another beat him with a baton during the confrontation. He was eventually detained.
Calloway is charged with avoiding arrest, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, failing to stop at a stop sign, and speeding.
In response to the incident, Calloway’s lawyer, Andre Wharton, told WMC that the Black man was unaware the officers planned to pull him over because their sirens were not activated immediately following his apparent traffic violation.
“Brandon was clearly trying to figure out what was going on here. Why are you folks interested in me? “I’m not breaking any laws,” Wharton said, adding that he couldn’t understand how a traffic stop could result in “head injuries, hospitalization, and substantial pain and suffering.”