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Video: Tennessee police accused of “brutal” assault on man inside his home after attempted traffic stop

Oakland police take Brandon Calloway into custody in Tennessee. (Credit: ABC24 Memphis/YouTube)
Oakland police take Brandon Calloway into custody in Tennessee. (Credit: ABC24 Memphis/YouTube)

A video posted to social media showing a young Black man being hit by police in his home in Tennessee has drawn accusations of racial profiling and police brutality.

The incident reportedly happened Saturday around 7:30 p.m. in Oakland. Police said they were trying to initiate a traffic stop.

According to WREG, Oakland Police said on Saturday around 7:30 p.m., 25-year-old Brandon Calloway failed to stop at a stop sign and drove 32 mph in a 20 mph zone.

The police said when they attempted to pull Calloway over he refused and drove home about half of a mile from where they tried to stop him. They said he “started running into the house reaching into his pockets… yelling “this is my expletive house and I did stop for the stop sign,” according to WREG.

Calloway’s attorney Andre Wharton disputes the police’s allegations.

Police claimed they had to kick in Calloway’s front door to get inside the home, and had to tase and use a baton to get Calloway into custody.

Calloway, who was unarmed, was finishing a DoorDash delivery when the police tried to pull him over.

The incident was caught on cellphone video, as well as the officer’s body cameras and an officer’s dashcam.

On Tuesday, Wharton compared what happened in part of the video to the death of George Floyd, calling it police brutality. He said they want the officers responsible to be held accountable. He said the beating left Calloway with stitches in his head and affected his ability to see.

“Brandon was assaulted in a brutal fashion. I describe it as animalistic. The pictures are horrific. He’s fortunate to be here to stand up and express through his presence here he wants to see some accountability,” Wharton said. 

Police charged Calloway with evading arrest, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and speeding.

According to WREG, the Oakland Police Department said they could not comment on a pending case.

More about the incident can be found here.

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