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Tennessee trooper loses job after being charged with choking, punching man

TBI says Trooper Sammy Allen choked a man twice and punched him in the groin while the man was handcuffed at the Robertson County Jail.
Credit: TBI

SPRINGFIELD, Tennessee — UPDATE: 

NEWS RELEASE FROM TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL

Tennessee Highway Patrol Terminates Trooper After Investigation

Monday, March 01, 2021 | 07:33pm

NASHVILLE --- Today, Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Matt Perry announced that Trooper Sammy Allen of the Nashville district has been terminated.

An incident took place between an arrestee and Trooper Sammy Allen at the Robertson County Jail. A THP supervisor witnessing the incident from a distance intervened and de-escalated the situation. During the investigation of the incident, serious concerns were raised on how Trooper Allen conducted himself, which prompted the Tennessee Highway Patrol to contact District Attorney General John Carney’s office.

General Carney’s office requested the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) to conduct a criminal investigation. Trooper Allen was removed from his assigned duties and placed on discretionary leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Today, March 1st, Trooper Allen was terminated.

It is the Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s policy to warn, suspend, demote or dismiss any employee whenever just or legal cause exists. Employees shall not commit any act that would reflect discredit upon themselves or the department while on or off-duty.

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Authorities say a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper has been charged with choking and punching a man during an arrest.

Trooper Sammy Allen has been indicted by a Robertson County grand jury on assault charges stemming from a Nov. 27 arrest.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Allen was involved in the arrest of a man who crashed his truck as he fled a traffic stop for speeding. The TBI says Allen choked the man twice and punched him in the groin while the man was handcuffed at the Robertson County Jail.

Allen surrendered to police on Friday and was released on bond.

NEWS RELEASE FROM TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION:

THP TROOPER INDICTED, CHARGED IN TBI EXCESSIVE FORCE INVESTIGATION

ROBERTSON COUNTY – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper accused of using excessive force during a November 2020 arrest.

On December 2nd, the Tennessee Highway Patrol reported the November 27th incident to 19th District Attorney General John Carney. General Carney subsequently requested a TBI investigation into the actions of the trooper at the Robertson County Jail during the arrest of a man who crashed his truck after earlier fleeing troopers who attempted to stop him for speeding.

The investigation revealed Trooper Sammy Allen (DOB 5-26-88) choked the arrestee twice and punched him in the groin once while he was handcuffed and restrained.

On Wednesday, the Robertson County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging Allen with two counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Assault. This evening, the Davidson County man surrendered to authorities at the Robertson County Jail, where he was booked and released after posting a $15,000 bond.