After leaving the house to pick up dinner, Brandon Calloway was followed home by police for allegedly running a stop sign on the way home. He was pursued by the police into his father’s home, where he was severely beaten with a baton and shocked with a Taser.
Calloway, who is only 25 years old, is currently dealing with many injuries to his head, left eye, temple, and arm as a result of the vicious assault that one of the women in the home happened to record on camera. Edward Calloway, Calloway’s father, told NBC News on Friday that his son is also going through “severe psychological trauma” and memory loss.
With his girlfriend and her friend, Brandon Calloway had come halfway across Tennessee to spend the night at his father’s house. Brandon’s dad states that his son only makes it out to visit about twice a year after he graduated with an engineering degree from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Calloway had supposedly “sped away,” doing 32 mph in a 20 mph zone, as Oakland police chased after him, the officer claimed. Officers turned on their lights when he didn’t stop, according to the record. It’s not clear if Calloway was aware that the cops were tailing him at first or if there was any way he could have known. If the car was marked, it is not stated in the reports. Calloway stopped the car and rushed inside his father’s house after the police chased him there. Calloway called to the police: “This is my … house and I did stop for the sign,” as he ran inside his home, swearing, according to police. Calloway ended up being charged with evading arrest, resisting, disorderly conduct, failing to stop at a stop sign and speeding.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has opened a probe into the arrest at the request of 25th Judicial District Attorney General Mark Davidson. In a statement, Wharton said “the tactics and force used by Oakland Tennessee Police and any assisting officers was far outside the bounds of what is considered reasonable.” He says, “We remain hopeful that we will soon begin discussions with the Town of Oakland about what happened and their and others’ accountability for this extreme abuse of power,’ Wharton said. “For now, we stand with Brandon as he and his family begin to heal from this horrific tragedy.”
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