LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – LaFollette Police Chief Bill Roehl has issued a statement regarding the recent arrest of Larry Jones and subsequent video of the arrest that has been released by an individual on social media. WATCH HERE.
Larry Wayne Jones, 51, of LaFollette was arrested on the night of Sun, March 22 in front of AutoZone after someone called police regarding his behavior. According to police chief Bill Roehl, the incident is under investigation.
“Last evening, I became aware of the arrest of Mr. Jones and of the video taken of that arrest. At that time, I reviewed the video made by a passer-by and spoke with the arresting officer. According to that officer, we received a call on Mr. Jones concerning his behavior. When approaching Mr. Jones he became combative, his aggression continued towards the officer and the officer effected the arrest. During that arrest, Mr. Jones was taken to the ground and cuffed. The video of the passer-by showed that cuffing procedure.
However, the passer-by also included his version of the incident in audio. In the video the passer-by said Mr. Jones was hit and kicked. The video did not display that. With that said, we will be looking further into the incident. Based on those findings then we will determine our course of action. If we find that the officer violated policy or procedure, we will address it. However, if it is found the officer acted appropriately, then we will back that officer. Please know that like any other person charged with a crime, Mr. Jones is afforded a court day. We will be interested in seeing those findings.”- Chief Bill Roehl
The LaFollette Police Chief said that Captain Steven Wallen would be looking into the incident and that police hoped to make contact with and interview both the person who made the initial police call regarding Jones as well as the passer-by who recorded the video.
Jones was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer. He is currently free on a $500 bond. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/23/2020-1PM)