Community Leader Wilson Hits Action Of SRO; Sheriff Garrett Responds; Attorney Says SRO Being Threatened

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Community leader Jeffrey Wilson on Wednesday hit the action of the East Ridge High School School Resource Officer in connection with a student.

He said a video that was made public showed the SRO dragging the student by the hair.

Rev. Wilson, who is a prior school board member, said, "His offense was not participating in P.E."

He also hit the fact that the student was pepper sprayed.

Rev. Wilson said, "In my day, he would have been suspended and sent home."

Attorney Jerry Tidwell said, "There are people making threats against my client on social media.  The 15-second video being shown on social media is only a fraction of the event that is captured on my client's body camera which has over one hour of video of this event.

"I ask those in the public threatening my client and his family to allow this matter to be investigated and cease making statements that scare some and inflame others  without knowing the whole story."

Sheriff Austin Garrett said, “On Tuesday, one of our Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputies assigned to East Ridge High School was called to the school’s gymnasium for the report of a disorder between an 18-year-old student, Tauris Sledge, and a member of the school’s staff.

"Upon request from school administrators for the student to be removed from the gym and proceed to the office, Sledge refused. The School Resource Deputy then attempted to place the student in custody for disorderly conduct. It was at this point a struggle began between Sledge and the SRO.

"A brief cell phone video of the altercation surfaced yesterday on social media that presented only a short portion of the incident without any of the context that led to the event or the events that immediately followed.

"As soon as the incident occurred, I was notified and immediately directed a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding this event. This includes a review of all documentation, cell phone and school surveillance video, and the SRD’s body worn camera footage which documents approximately one hour of the event from the initial interaction with the SRD, the incident shown in the social media video, and the events that immediately followed. 

"I understand this is a sensitive issue to many in our community. Once we ensure we are in compliance with state law and have adequately removed the  identity of uninvolved minors, which includes ensuring their faces are not identifiable, I intend to make this body worn camera video available to the public. The contents of the video will show the complete picture of the events that occurred that day surrounding this deputy’s use of force at East Ridge High School.”

 


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