Attorney Poston Says Man In Viral Video Seen Fighting Officer Was Trying To Break Up Fight

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Attorney McCracken Poston said William Alexander Floyd, the young man seen in the recently published “viral” video who is seemingly engaged in a boxing match with a Chattanooga police officer, started out trying to break up a fight.

 

The attorney said, "Things are not always as they appear. There is a much more interesting story in the seconds leading up to the events that were captured and widely shared by social media.

"

 

He said his client was as surprised as anyone to find himself "squared up" with a police officer, who he first saw from behind and thought was someone trying to start a fight with another man he knew. 

 

The attorney said, "He tried to separate the two men who he thought were going to fight. Instead, he suddenly found that one of them was an officer and who was now offering to fight him."

 

Attorney Poston said he hopes that the Chattanooga Police Department Internal Affairs Division "will fully investigate the matter of the procedures and behavior of its officers last Saturday on Station Street. There seemed to be a lot of encouragement going on for people to fight, including some goading by uniformed individuals." 

 

The attorney said he is receiving videos from persons around the scene that he hopes will paint a fuller picture of the events that evening. 

 

He stated, "A man is to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, notwithstanding the rush to judgment that accompanies a video posting that has been reposted hundreds or thousands of times. In any event, the fact that there were multiple officers standing around seemingly enjoying what looked to be a loosely organized contest, and not acting within their training to immediately assist to subdue a suspect, makes this a very curious case." 



Top Chattanooga Salaries For 2018

Here are the top Chattanooga salaries for 2018: Bean, Russell J City Judge $176,364.00 Paty, Sherry B City Judge $176,364.00 Berke, Andrew L   Mayor $168,348.90 Hinton, Wadrick Allen City Attorney $154,564 Madison, Daisy W Administrator City Finance Officer $148,381 Roddy, David T Police Chief $144,460 Hill, Corinne M   Director ... (click for more)

Latest Bradley County Arrest Report

Click  here  for the latest Bradley County arrest report. (click for more)

Am I Alone? - And Response

 Am I alone seems to be quite apt as I begin to form sentences, thoughts and concerns regarding the state of this country. I feel like I am alone trying, somehow, to justify Trump and understand why he is constantly in the middle of chaos.  Now coined as the Liar-in-Chief, Chief Foreign Affairs Coordinator acting for his pal Russian Dictator, Putin.  The silence ... (click for more)

Six Things We Can Do About Mass Shootings - And Response (3)

All politics aside, the recent shooting in Florida, and every other shooting in a public place, is a senseless and, possibly, preventable tragedy. It is absurd that we can’t gather in a free society without the fear of some nut job or terrorist using us as targets.   And then the cries of “do something!” from every quarter. But, other than the obvious attempt by agenda-pushers ... (click for more)

Lookouts Open Series In Mobile Wednesday With 4-2 Win Over BayBears

Mobile, Al. - - - When the Chattanooga Lookouts pitching staff digs in it's heels it means that a couple of home runs added in last night was good enough for a 4-2 win over Mobile. Despite working as a starter for the majority of the season, Anthony Marzi came on in relief for this one. Paco Rodriguez got the ball to kick off the contest, and he turned in a scoreless first ... (click for more)

Vols' Nigel Warrior Named To Bednarik Award Watch List

Tennessee junior defensive back  Nigel Warrior  has been named to the 2018 Bednarik Award Watch List. Warrior is the first Vol to be named to the Bednarik Watch list since the defensive trio of Derek Barnett, Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Cameron Sutton were named to the Bednarik's preliminary list in 2016.   Warrior totaled 83 tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss ... (click for more)