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NOVEMBER 9 HEARING TRANSCRIPT MENTIONS NOTHING OF BROKEN-DOWN DOOR, MULTIPLE TASERING AND BEATING OF CITIZEN
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 23, 2010) — The Monroe County, TN court clerk fulfilled her promise to send The Post & Email the audio recording of a hearing which took place on November 9, 2010, which revealed that Capt. Michael Morgan’s testimony regarding the events of October 27, 2010 during Fitzpatrick’s arrest conflicted with Fitzpatrick’s account of multiple taserings and the deputies’ failure to announce themselves prior to their breaking down the door to his residence to get inside.
Fitzpatrick accused Judge J. Reed Dixon of being “part of the problem” and having threatened two public defenders who were previously working on his case.
The Post & Email paid for the damages to the door out of the Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III Legal Defense Fund, which the landlady stated were $200. Although we requested a receipt, we did not receive one, so the canceled check will be displayed shortly with the landlady’s name redacted so as to protect her privacy but to prove our claim. If a civil lawsuit is filed against the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, The Post & Email will seek restitution, as the Sheriff’s Department should take responsibility for the damage done to the home because of its failure to follow proper procedure during the arrest. Morgan simply states that they “entered the house.”
Capt. Morgan also makes no mention of Fitzpatrick’s injuries sustained during the struggle for which he received no medical treatment and which were quite obvious in a photo which was displayed on the internet shortly afterward, while Morgan allegedly went to the emergency room and received a diagnosis of “brused (sic) ribs.”
There have been complaints about Monroe County Sheriff’s Department deputies’ alleged misconduct and brutality in the past.
A full audio is available here: Fittzpatrick-Monroe TN Hearing