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Mt. Juliet Officer Assaulted Outside Apartments; Four Arrested

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by Janet Kim

MT. JULIET, Tenn. - A Mt. Juliet Police officer was assaulted during a chaotic scene at an apartment complex on Sunday night.

Officers were sent to Willow Creek Apartments after residents called about a disorderly group around 7:30 p.m. Residents said a group of about 12 people were being loud and cursing in the parking lot.

While trying to quiet a group of people, the officer was allegedly assaulted and it sparked a brief physical confrontation that caused some residents to get upset with police.

A witness told police she heard the group talking about ambushing and jumping the officer.

Multiple people called 911 to report the officer was in trouble, and several sent in cell phone video of the chaotic scene.

"He is being surrounded by a number of people. I think y'all need to send some backup," one caller said to a 911 dispatcher.

Other witnesses said the officer went too far and was overly aggressive. Witnesses said one of the teens charged was just trying to help his mom who was having an apparent seizure.

Mt. Juliet Police said the woman, Kitakiamma Banks, was checked out by EMS and the hospital and was okay. She was later arrested.

Backup units from the Wilson County Sheriff's Department, Lebanon Police Department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol also responded to the scene, and they said they were surrounded by a large group of people.

They were eventually able to establish order, and arrested four people, including two juveniles.

Kenneth Clemmons, 18, and Banks, 36, were both charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Two 17-year-olds were also charged, and later released.

A fifth arrest was made Monday morning. 19-year-old Chandler Frazier was arrested for reportedly threatening employees at Willow Creek Apartments.

The officer involved did not need medical treatment, and Mt. Juliet police said it's fortunate no one was seriously hurt.

The investigation was ongoing, and more charges could be filed.

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