Evidence not planted in Cookeville police video case

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A man who filed a lawsuit claiming a Cookeville police officer planted marijuana on him has acknowledged that he did have the substance during his arrest.

Carlos Ferrell has filed a $10 million lawsuit over the arrest, which was recorded on a patrol car video last June.

Ferrell's admission came as part of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe into the matter.

Ferrell had claimed previously that the tape shows officer Chris Melton planting evidence.

District Attorney Tony Craighead said the admission by Ferrell concludes his inquiry into the conduct of Melton.

The lawsuit claims authorities used excessive force because a police dog bit Ferrell's leg and arm. He was sought because of a domestic assault complaint against him.

Blair Durham of Nashville, Ferrell's attorney, said the lawsuit stands.

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Information from: Cookeville Herald-Citizen, www.herald-citizen.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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