Deputies threatened husband as sheriff fondled wife
Posted in the Knoxville Forum
#1 Feb 3, 2010
A sheriff in rural Tennessee has been accused of threatening a husband and wife by "blowing their f---ing heads off" and "inappropriately" touching the wife during an unwarranted traffic stop.
In a lawsuit filed in a federal court in Chattanooga, Shawn and Michelle Graham allege that a group of police deputies, wearing camouflage and not identifying themselves as law enforcement officers, stopped the Grahams' car in January, 2009, pushed a gun through the window of the Grahams' Nissan and pointed it at the husband, "sometimes tapping his head with the barrel."
The officers ordered the couple out of the car, and frisked them while yelling "death threats and angry curses at the Grahams."
The Grahams say Sheriff Ronnie Hitchock of the Sequatchie County Sheriff Department personally carried out a pat-down of Michelle Graham, during which he "reached inside the pockets of her clothing, making inappropriate contact with her breasts and groin areas. Handcuffed in the back of Sheriff Hitchcock's cruiser, Mr. Graham was forced to watch this unconstitutional spectacle."
The lawsuit states that, even though the officers' search turned up "no weapons, no drugs and no contraband," the couple were taken to a police station and strip-searched. The couple were never charged with any crime.
The Grahams are suing under the federal Civil Rights Act for "wrongful arrest, false imprisonment" and "gross invasion of privacy," among other things. The defendants are the Sequatchie County government, Sheriff Hitchcock, and a number of deputies from nearby Van Buren County.
They know their names, and they know one of the officers, who apologized to them at a basketball game later.
#2 Feb 3, 2010
Why isnt this on WBIR WVLT etc?
#3 Feb 3, 2010
Because the perps are cops. That doesnt make the news.
#4 Feb 4, 2010
indeed! you give these guys a small piece of friggin tin and they act like they are gods or something.
#5 Feb 4, 2010
Maybe because it happened in Southern TN.
#6 Feb 4, 2010
Most likely the guy tried to get all smart alecky with the Policemen and they put him in his place and then some.
I bet some women would have been creaming their jeans to be handled like that and some guys would have gotten a woody sitting in the back of the cop car watching it.
#7 Feb 4, 2010
Hey johnny, why dont you gove your tag number and a copy of your post to the local Hitler Youth errrrrrr I mean sherrif's dept?
Then, you can fulfill a fantasy.
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