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Cell Phone Video Shows Arrest Of Smyrna Firefighter In Murfreesboro

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A Smyrna firefighter was arrested early Thursday morning after police said he resisted arrest outside a Murfreesboro bar. The incident was caught on cell phone video, and Murfreesboro Police said they believe the level of force used was "reasonable and appropriate."

Jerry Mosley, age 38, was charged with Public Intoxication, Indecent Exposure, and Resisting Arrest after the incident at Sam's Sports Grill on Old Fort Parkway just after midnight.

The arrest was caught on what appears to be cell phone video, now on YouTube, after Murfreesboro Police said Mosley was publicly intoxicated and was seen dropping his pants and exposing his buttocks. 

"Right now, we don't know a great deal about it; we're trying to gather details and the facts and determine about what really did take place this morning," said Smyrna Fire Chief Bill Culbertson. 

Mosley's mug shot is a far different look from the pictures decorating the Smyrna Fire Hall. He's been with the department since 2005. 

Murfreesboro Police said Officer Kenneth White approached Mosley in the outdoor patio area, asked him to leave, and advised him to take a taxi.

Police said Mosley then began to curse loudly, drawing attention to himself.

When Officer White tried to place Mosley under arrest, police said Mosley began to swing his arms and refused to be handcuffed.

A physical altercation ensued, with Officer White repeatedly telling Mosley to stop resisting.

Eventually, Officer White got Mosley on the ground, but Mosley refused to be handcuffed.

Police said Officer White then struck Mosley in the torso with his hands and knees as a way to gain compliance.

Mosley was eventually handcuffed and transported to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office for booking.

While Mosley claims he complied with officers, Murfreesboro Police say otherwise and defend the amount of force used, even releasing a statement saying, "Department officials believe the level of force applied is reasonable and appropriate, consistent with the level of resistance offered by Mr. Mosley." 

Mosley was expected to report to work Friday morning. Chief Culbertson said they will wait until the investigation is complete before any action is taken on the department's end.  

NewsChannel 5 has also learned more about Officer White. He's an 11-year veteran with the department with a number of accolades. Just last year, he received the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Officer of the Year Award.

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