Murfreesboro Officer Decommissioned After Child Abuse Charges
Officer Anthony Whitehead, age 39 (Photo courtesy Rutherford County Sheriff's Office)
Officer Anthony Whitehead (Photo courtesy Murfreesboro Police Department)
An image of the tractor trailer from Whitehead's police car dash camera.
An image of the tractor trailer from Whitehead's police car.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – An officer with the Murfreesboro Police Department has been decommissioned after being indicted on misdemeanor child abuse charges.
Police department spokesperson Kyle Evans said Officer Anthony Whitehead, age 39, went to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office to be served with the indictment rather than be served papers by a deputy.
Officials said Whitehead was decommissioned and placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the case.
A report filed on September 16 with the Sheriff's Office said Whitehead was accused of physically abusing his 9-year-old daughter.
Investigators said the child suffered bruising on her buttocks and back of the thigh while being disciplined by her father.
Whitehead was charged and booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center in Murfreesboro. He was released on $1,500 bond and expected to appear for a hearing in court on November 19.
Whitehead was also decommissioned in March 2008 for an incident during a traffic stop. He was investigated for allegedly going too far during a traffic stop.
Police investigators said Whitehead was responding to an emergency when he was driving down Church Street in Murfreesboro. About a quarter of a mile ahead of him, a tractor trailer hauling an oversized load pulled out in front of the officer and did not move out of the way.
Whitehead stopped the truck driver and confronted him out of view of the squad car dash camera.
Driver James Snowden said he was ordered out of the cab at gunpoint and handcuffed for misdemeanor failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.
"He made me lay on the ground and kept telling me 'Fight me. Just go ahead fight me, resist me. Make my day.' I'm thinking ease up now. If I did something wrong I'll take a ticket," Snowden said.
Snowden said he tried to move his semi out of Whitehead's way, but he was carrying a 25,000 pound payload through heavy traffic.
Whitehead was assigned to desk duty while the incident was being investigated.
Officials with the Murfreesboro Police Department said Whitehead's personnel file contained disciplinary write-ups throughout his 11 years on the force.