- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

RED BANK, Tenn. (AP) - A grand jury in Tennessee indicted a police officer Wednesday in the beating of a man during an arrest last year.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (https://bit.ly/1wI3Cu9) reports Red Bank officer Mark Kaylor was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and official misconduct stemming from the injuries suffered by 24-year-old Candido Medina-Resendiz during his arrest in April on charges of simple assault and resisting arrest. Medina-Resendiz suffered a fractured eye socket and cuts and bruises on his face.

An internal investigation by Red Bank police found that Kaylor did not use excessive force, but Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in September to review the arrest.

Dashcam video shows Kaylor punching Medina-Resendiz while other officers hold him down, stun-gun him and try to handcuff him.

Pinkston declined to comment on the indictment.

Kaylor’s defense attorney, Lee Davis, said he will ask for a jury trial in an effort to exonerate his client.

“Officer Kaylor has been very clear with us that he has done nothing wrong, that he followed his training and department policy and that he has cooperated with the investigation and internal affairs and they found no evidence of wrong doing,” Davis said.

Kaylor resigned from the department on Tuesday, Davis said.

“We felt that with the indictment looming it would be too much of a distraction to the department and Kaylor did not want to put that kind of pressure on the other officers,” Davis said. “He has now resigned and once we get this behind him he will approach Red Bank about reinstating.”

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com

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