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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
[TN] Murfreesboro Police Officer Whitehead accused of beating 9 year old daughter he has custody of
...[Rutherford County Sheriff's] Detective Lisa McCallum investigated the report and presented her findings to a grand jury Nov. 7. Those findings included that [Murfreesboro Police Officer Anthony] Whitehead had disciplined his daughter, causing what McCallum deemed “excessive bruising on her buttocks and ... thighs.” Officer Anthony Whitehead, who was indicted on a single count of misdemeanor child abuse last week, has custody of the daughter he is accused of abusing has been locked in a custody dispute with the girl’s mother... Whitehead was also decommissioned in March 2008 for an incident during a traffic stop... "He made me lay on the ground and kept telling me 'Fight me. Just go ahead fight me, resist me. Make my day.'"... Officials with the Murfreesboro Police Department said Whitehead's personnel file contained disciplinary write-ups throughout his 11 years on the force... Whitehead’s personnel file showed he received numerous disciplinary action and suspended days off without pay...
OFFICER INDICTED ON CHILD ABUSE CHARGE HAS CUSTODY OF GIRL: Facebook users defend officer charged with abuse of 9-year-old daughter
Written by Mark Bell
9:45 PM, Nov 12, 2012
[Excerpts] A number of Facebook users are coming to the defense of a Murfreesboro Police officer accused of abusing his 9-year-old daughter as he battles with his former wife for custody of the child. Still other posters are saying the judicial system should be allowed to work. Documents obtained by The Daily News Journal reveal MPD Officer Anthony Whitehead, who was indicted on a single count of misdemeanor child abuse last week, has custody of the daughter he is accused of abusing and that he has been locked in a custody dispute with the girl’s mother, Whitehead’s ex-wife, for several months... RCSO Detective Lisa McCallum investigated the report and presented her findings to a grand jury Nov. 7. Those findings included that Whitehead had disciplined his daughter, causing what McCallum deemed “excessive bruising on her buttocks and ... thighs.” While the sheriff’s office and McCallum haven’t said exactly how Whitehead disciplined his daughter, family members of Whitehead’s ex-wife, Christie Neese, have claimed in a public Facebook posting that Whitehead spanked the 9-year-old with a belt... Among the posters defending Whitehead are former MPD Officer Timothy Meeks, the wife of a current Murfreesboro Police officer, and a woman identifying herself as an officer. Another individual, identified by some on the page as a magistrate, also made a comment defending Whitehead. Her identity could not be independently verified by The Daily News Journal... Tracey Elkins, the poster who identified herself as a police officer, wrote, “He (Whitehead) is a good man and a good dad, the truth will come out.”... Murfreesboro Police spokesman Kyle Evans has since confirmed that Tracey Elkins is actually Tracey Womack, an officer with the Murfreesboro Police Department... Whitehead remains employed at MPD pending adjudication of the case. He is on decommissioned status, meaning he has no police powers and that he is not carrying a badge or his service weapon... Whitehead will be arraigned in Rutherford County Circuit Court later this month. [Full article here]
MURFREESBORO OFFICER DECOMMISSIONED AFTER CHILD ABUSE CHARGES
NewsChannel 5 WTVF-TV
Posted: Nov 08, 2012 1:43 PM PST
Updated: Nov 09, 2012 4:01 AM PST
[Excerpts] An officer with the Murfreesboro Police Department has been decommissioned after being indicted on misdemeanor child abuse charges. Police department spokesperson Kyle Evans said Officer Anthony Whitehead, age 39, went to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office to be served with the indictment rather than be served papers by a deputy. Officials said Whitehead was decommissioned and placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the case. A report filed on September 16 with the Sheriff's Office said Whitehead was accused of physically abusing his 9-year-old daughter... Whitehead was also decommissioned in March 2008 for an incident during a traffic stop. He was investigated for allegedly going too far during a traffic stop... Whitehead stopped the truck driver and confronted him out of view of the squad car dash camera. Driver James Snowden said he was ordered out of the cab at gunpoint and handcuffed for misdemeanor failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. "He made me lay on the ground and kept telling me 'Fight me. Just go ahead fight me, resist me. Make my day.' I'm thinking ease up now. If I did something wrong I'll take a ticket," Snowden said... Officials with the Murfreesboro Police Department said Whitehead's personnel file contained disciplinary write-ups throughout his 11 years on the force. [Full article here]
UPDATE: MURFREESBORO OFFICER ACCUSED OF MISDEMEANOR CHILD ABUSE
Published: November 8, 2012
[Excerpts] A Murfreesboro police officer has been accused of child abuse. Officer Anthony Whitehead was indicted by a grand jury in Rutherford County. The charge Whitehead faces is a misdemeanor charge of child abuse, according to Sgt. Kyle Evans. The Murfreesboro Police Department has decommissioned Officer Whitehead until the court case has concluded. Whitehead has been placed on administrative duty. Whitehead turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Department and was released on bond Thursday afternoon... According to a 2008 article in the Murfreesboro Post, "Whitehead’s personnel file showed he received numerous disciplinary action and suspended days off without pay for missing court, being late to work and abusing the city’s sick leave"... A hearing is scheduled Nov. 19 in Circuit Court. [Full article here]
OFFICER LOSES POLICE POWERS OVER TRAFFIC STOP
By: Lisa Marchesoni
March 6, 2008 - 4:02 PM
[Excerpts] A Murfreesboro Police officer lost his police powers Wednesday after he allegedly cursed a truck driver who pulled his rig out rather than move over for the officer’s siren Feb. 29 onto South Church Street. Chief Glenn Chrisman ordered Officer Anthony Whitehead to be relieved of duty. Under the order, Whitehead was ordered not to carry a firearm on city property, carry a badge, wear a uniform or work in a law enforcement capacity while he’s under investigation by Internal Affairs.... Whitehead pulled in front of the truck on the I-24 bridge. Out of the camera view but on the audio, Whitehead ordered the driver out of the car and onto the ground in an apparent felony stop. Officers routinely draw their weapons during a felony stop... Whitehead told the driver he wouldn’t “get out of my d--- way.” The officer said the city judge will kick out the citation and the county (judge) won’t hear a failure to yield citation. Despite his comments, Whitehead wrote the driver a citation for failure to yield... Whitehead’s personnel file showed he received numerous disciplinary action and suspended days off without pay for missing court, being late to work and abusing the city’s sick leave... [Full articlehere]
By: grandefille on 3/10/08
While the alleged cussing was inappropriate and unprofessional, I'm more concerned that the officer allegedly unholstered his weapon while making the stop. Did he believe the truck driver might be violent or otherwise dangerous? Otherwise, the combination of the cussing, turning a traffic stop into a felony stop and then having to have a supervisor called in to settle things down might smack of a need for some anger-management classes. (I'd suggest those classes for ALL of us who drive in Rutherford County, by the way, myself included.)
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