Officer Decommissioned After Slapping Suspect

Posted at 10:01 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 23:01:59-04

A Metro Nashville Police officer was decommissioned and assigned to desk duty after she was arrested on a misdemeanor assault.

South Precinct Officer Elizabeth Berry-Loucks was searching a woman under arrest on felony heroin and gun charges when she was stuck by an uncapped syringe concealed in the woman’s bra.

Berry-Loucks allegedly immediately reacted by slapping the woman in the face with her open hand.

Rachel E. Hall, 22,  was charged with possession of heroin for resale, felony theft, possession of pills without a prescription, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and violation of Tennessee’s Crooks with Guns law. 

She was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bond. 

Recovered from Hall’s apartment on Bell Road was 9.5 grams of heroin, 2.9 grams of cocaine, 112 miscellaneous pills in baggies, and 3 pistols (2 of which were reported stolen in Hermitage-area burglaries).

Berry-Loucks, who sought medical treatment for the needle stick, is a three-year veteran of the MNPD. The Office of Professional Accountability conducted an administrative investigation of her actions.