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Mt. Juliet Officer Pleads Not Guilty To Assault Charges

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William Cosby, Jr. William Cosby, Jr.
Dash cam video of the April 2008 incident shows Cosby with his hand around James Anders' neck. Dash cam video of the April 2008 incident shows Cosby with his hand around James Anders' neck.

MT. JULIET, Tenn. - A former Mt. Juliet police officer has plead not guilty to assault charges stemming from a traffic stop incident caught on dash cam video.

Corporal William Cosby, Jr., age 36, was in court Thursday morning to be arraigned on assault charges.

The charges stem from an April 2008 traffic stop along Adams Lane in Wilson County.

Cosby told investigators he thought James Anders, Jr. tried to hide marijuana in his mouth, and used a choke-hold to get Anders to spit out the drug.

Anders lost consciousness. No marijuana was found in his mouth and a blood test was negative.

A Wilson County grand jury indicted Cosby on charges September 4, 2008. He was charged with two counts of assault, and one count of perjury for allegedly filing a false report in the incident. Cosby's report said that Anders resisted arrest.

Anders was charged with marijuana possession, resisting arrest and tampering with evidence. The charges were later dropped.

Anders' attorney filed a lawsuit against Cosby, the city of Mt. Juliet and another police officer. The lawsuit asked for $500,000 in compensation and $1 million in punitive damages.

Cosby was fired Wednesday after an internal investigation by the Mt. Juliet Police Department.

A disposition hearing was scheduled for November 19, 2008.

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