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Police dash cam video:The community of Cookeville, in Putnam County, is facing a $10 million lawsuit amid the release of shocking police dash cam video. The video, from a Cookeville police cruiser, shows the arrest of a Putnam County man. A Cookeville officer is seen allegedly placing drugs on the man, Carlos Ferrell, before arresting him. Ferrell is now suing the city of Cookeville, the police department, Putnam County, and the sheriff's office for $10 million. During the arrest, Ferrell was also bitten by a police K9. Chris Melton, one of the officers involved, is now on leave, and his police force is facing statewide scrutiny. One officer has been placed on leave because of the incident, and five others are named in the federal lawsuit.
COOKEVILLE (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.
Melton said police video captured on his squad car camera showed him frisking Ferrell. At one point, Melton faced the camera, reach into his own shirt pocket and then put the same hand in Ferrell's front pants pocket. Melton then pulled out a bag of marijuana.
Initially, Ferrell said he didn't have drugs.
District Attorney Tony Craighead said the TBI investigation is over. The agency cleared Melton of any misconduct.
"After my review, there's no wrongdoing or misconduct on the part of Officer Melton," Craighead said.
Craighead said Melton reached into his pocket to grab a remote control for the police car video camera.