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Video: Body Cams Help Prove Tennessee Deputy Innocent

November 24, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Body Cams Help Prove Tennessee Deputy Innocent

A Knox County, TN, deputy's body camera helped prove his innocence after he was accused of fondling a woman during a traffic stop, reports WBIR.

On Nov. 8, a KCSO deputy pulled over Margaret Ellen McElhinny under suspicion of driving under the influence.

Three other deputies came to the scene. During the stop, they began to question her.

McElhinny later accused one deputy of fondling her once she left her car for a sobriety check. Three of the four deputies wore body cameras, including the one she accused.

Investigators reviewed the recordings from the body cameras and found the deputy in question did nothing wrong.

McElhinny was arrested and faces multiple charges, including DUI, criminal impersonation, and false reports. During the traffic stop, she also lied about her name.

"This officer was accused of a class B felony. She was looking to take his freedom. 8 to 12 years in the penitentiary. Losing his family, his integrity. His character would have been questioned a thousand different ways," said KCSO Chief of Administration Lee Tramel.

Comments (3)

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kevCopAz @ 11/24/2015 8:41 PM

Great result. I hope the judge does not go lightly on her since she would have destroyed this officer and could have cared less so she should be given no quarter!. I also hope that the officer sues her for everything that she owns civil, this needs to stop and these folks need to suffer damages beyond criminal prosecution and that may prevent others from trying to cash in on lies.

S.S. @ 11/25/2015 6:22 AM

Big fan of the body cams. Wish every officer had one. Guaranteed complaints would be cut in half. Officers would be vindicated from b.s. that these scumbags file against officers.

OK @ 11/25/2015 10:02 AM

Queue the ACLU lawsuit to block this as evidence in 3...2...1

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