THP trooper charged in excessive force investigation

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ROBERTSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper is facing assault charges after being accused of using excessive force during a November 2020 arrest.  

THP reported the incident to 19th District Attorney General John Carney on December 2. Carney requested a TBI investigation looking into the trooper’s actions.  

TBI agents found that Trooper Sammy Allen, who had been with the department since 2018, choked an arrestee at the Robertson County Jail twice and punched him in the groin once while he was handcuffed and restrained. The man had been arrested after he fled from troopers trying to pull him over for speeding. 

During the investigation, Trooper Allen was removed from his normal road assignment and worked in an administrative role at the Nashville district headquarters.

On Wednesday, Trooper Allen was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of assault.  

Friday evening, the Davidson County man surrendered to authorities at the Robertson County Jail. He was booked and released after posting a $15,000 bond. 

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