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Officer Accused Of Choking Man Files Complaint

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Wilson County General Sessions Judge Barry Tatum Wilson County General Sessions Judge Barry Tatum

MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. - A Mount Juliet police officer accused of choking a motorist during traffic stop has filed a formal complaint.

In April, William Cosby was seen on police video with his hands around a suspect's neck. He lost his job.

Cosby suspected James Anders, Jr. hid marijuana in his mouth so he used a "vascular restraint" to keep Anders from swallowing. Anders collapsed after two minutes.

Days later, Wilson County General Sessions Judge Barry Tatum saw the tape and banned Cosby from his courtroom.

No longer able to patrol, Cosby was placed on desk duty before he was fired in September.

In his complaint Cosby said the judge "used his authority as a judge to berate and belittle my reputation."

Cosby's complaint also claimed that Tatum "essentially charged, tried and convicted me before I had even been charged with any crime." 

Cosby worked for the Lebanon and Mount Juliet police departments for 13 years.

Cosby was never given a chance to explain his conduct on the video.

In his complaint, Cosby said that "the inflammatory actions of Judge Tatum have lent unjust weight to the perception of guilt on my behalf."

Tatum declined a request for an interview by NewsChannel 5. A grand jury indicted Cosby on aggravated assault and perjury charges. His case has not yet gone to trial.

Anders sued Cosby and the city of Mount Juliet for what happened during the traffic stop. The suit was settled out of court for $56,000. 

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