Former Metro officer charged after video shows possible excessive force

Posted at 3:02 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 22:25:10-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Former Metro police officer Barrett Teague is now facing a criminal charge. You may recall, in July a video surfaced of Teague possibly using excessive force. He resigned, but the woman has now taken out a warrant for his arrest.

Metro police did begin looking into this incident, but when officer Teague resigned the internal investigation closed.

That, however, clearly is not the end of it.

"I made sure a warrant was put out for his arrest," Adreneyonia Ensley said. She was with her family this past July when they pulled into a Z-Mart on Dickerson Road when an unmarked Metro squad car -- lights flashing -- pulled in behind her.

The security video of the incident is now part of a criminal investigation. Ensley said Officer Teague told her the car's tags were expired. As he walked back to the squad car...Ensley went to check the tags herself.

The security video shows Teague grab Ensley and throw her several times against other vehicles. "There was no necessary reason for him to use that kind of force against me," said Ensley.

Both Ensley and her boyfriend were cuffed and placed in squad cars -- issued citations for resisting. Their 18-month old child was left alone for several minutes in a hot car. Since then much has happened. The citations were dropped, and Teague resigned.

"I really hope they strip him of his accreditation," Ensley said.

But, as it stands now Teague could still seek a job in law enforcement elsewhere. Ensley took out the warrant for misdemeanor assault hoping that a conviction could keep him from ever being a police officer again. "I'm not ruining his career. He ruined it by putting his hands on me," Ensley said.

And she doesn't want that happening to anyone else. "You are supposed to be representing the Metro Nashville police department and if you are comfortable doing that you'll do it again," Ensley said.

The district attorney will now move forward with the prosecution of Teague. Newschannel 5 reached out to Teague's attorney for comment, but we did not hear back.

Teague was a four-year veteran of the force. In that time he did compile other complaints in his personnel file including two citing faulty decision-making which led to suspensions.