Two Niota officers arrested for fight last summer

Two Niota Police Department officers have been arrested, accused of injuring a man during an arrest last summer, the TBI says.

Officer Donald McCarter, 45, and Officer Jonathan Scott, 22, were each charged with one count of official oppression and one count of conspiracy to commit official oppression, according to TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm.

“Official oppression” is a charge applied to a public servant who “intentionally subjects another to mistreatment or to arrest, detention, stop, frisk, halt, search, seizure, dispossession, assessment or lien when the public servant knows the conduct is unlawful,” according to Tennessee state law.

Charges for official oppression can only be brought by a grand jury.

Both McCarter and Scott were indicted by the McMinn County grand jury earlier this week, she said.


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