Officer assaulted at Mt. Juliet apartments; 5 arrested
MOUNT JULIET, TN (WSMV) -
A large crowd at a Mt. Juliet apartment complex caused a big disturbance Sunday night.
Police said the incident started as a disturbing the peace call but escalated very quickly when police say a teen confronted an officer.
Residents at the Willow Creek apartments called police just before 8 p.m. complaining about a group of about dozen people playing loud music and cursing.
An officer asked them to turn down the music, but cops said a 17-year-old got in the officer's face and refused to turn down the music.
When he tried to arrest him, police said another 17-year-old tried to jump on the officer, hitting his hand to keep him from arresting the other teen.
The crowd got upset, and police called for back up. The situation was out of control, and police said no one was listening to the officer's commands.
"Multiple people called 911 fearing for the officers' safety," said Sgt. Tyler Chandler. "When you're the only officer on a scene, and you have multiple people surrounding you while you're trying to make a lawful arrest, it gets very scary at that time."
Five people were arrested including Kitakiamma Banks, 36, and Kenneth Clemmons, 18, for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Family members said the officer assaulted Banks without cause and shoved her.
The officer has been identified as Sgt. Matthew Mang, a seven-year veteran of the Mt. Juliet Police Department and member of the department's special response team.
"The other cops come and just start beating on this guy with a stick, just jumped out of his car and started beating him," said witness Glenda Robertson.
The fifth person, Chandler Frazier, 19, of Mt. Juliet, was arrested Monday morning after police received a complaint from management of the apartments regarding threats and trespassing. While on the scene, the management employee stated that she wanted to prosecute Frazier for threatening behavior and trespassing. Frazier was found nearby at Charlie Daniels Park and taken into custody.
Frazier is charged with aggravated criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.
Officers said they've been called to the Willow Creek apartments repeatedly because of this same group.
A court date was set for the suspects on Aug. 13.
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