Man says deputy used excessive force during arrest

DOVER, Tenn. -A Stewart County man says he’s a victim of excessive force after officers pulled him over for speeding and repeatedly Tased him.

The incident involving John Elliott occurred on Saturday night on Highway 79 East just outside of Dover, about 80 miles west of Nashville.

According to arrest affidavits, a deputy clocked Elliott traveling 71 miles-per-hour in a 55 mile-zone, before accelerating to 87 miles-per-hour.

The officer reported he tried to initiate a traffic stop, but Elliott continued driving before turning into his driveway.

The affidavit says the officer advised Elliott several times to get back into the vehicle after he exited the truck.

According to the affidavit, Elliott got “very hostile” and told the officer he was on private property and he did not have to do anything he was told.

At that point, he was told he was under arrest, however, Elliott reportedly asked numerous times, what for.?

The deputy said he told Elliott he would “advise” him of that at a later time.

The report states that deputy warned Elliott several times before deploying the Taser after he started to resist and reached into his vehicle.

On Thursday, Nashville’s News 2 Investigates spoke with Elliott.

Elliott said he was sitting in his truck until he was told to stand up. When he stood Elliott said that is when he was Tased.

“I don’t agree with what happened. If he just told me he was there for a speeding ticket all this could be avoided. My feelings hurt, every time I watch the tape it hurts me,” he said.

Elliott continued, “[It was] unprofessional. They should not have done that.  I asked numerous times why they were there, and no answer, and they put me in the cop car and kneeing me, kicking me in the head and Tasing me. I told them I was in the car, not resisting. The cop said, ‘Quit kicking him’ and I was not doing that either. I was getting shocked.  Of course my leg would flop. I don’t understand why this is going on the way it has.”

Elliott called the incident “excessive,” adding his wife can be heard on video yelling angrily at the officer and telling him to leave her property.

He also claims he did not become hostile as the report states.

Since the incident is an active case, Stewart County Sheriff Deryk Wyatt told Nashville’s News 2 Investigates he would not comment except to say he interviewed the officer, reviewed the video and read the reports.

He added that he stands behind his officer’s actions.

The incident remains under investigation.


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