Charges against two former Niota police officers were dismissed, because of the behavior of the alleged victim during the trial.
Jonathan Scott and Keith McCarter were charged with official oppression after the arrest of Wesley Stewart in June 2011.
According to the clerk's office in McMinn County, the trial began on Tuesday. However, the judge dismissed the charges without prejudice on Friday because the victim was taking photos and videos of the jurors in the parking lot.
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The TBI has arrested two Niota police officers after their actions during an arrest last year.
Officer Donald McCarter, 45, and Officer Jonathan Scott, 22, were each charged with one count of official oppression and one count of conspiracy to commit official oppression. They were indicted by a McMinn County grand jury this week.
TBI says on June 13, 2011, Scott pulled over 53-year-old Wesley Stewart for riding a motorized bicycle without a tag or registration. Stewart refused to produce the documents requested and when Scott returned to his patrol vehicle, Stewart walked to his home, which was nearby.
Investigators say McCarter arrived on the scene, and the two officers entered Stewart's residence to arrest him. There was an altercation and Stewart was injured.
Stewart was charged in the incident, but the charges were later dismissed in General Sessions Court.
TBI opened the investigation at the request of the District Attorney General in the 10th Judicial District. Both McCarter and Scott were booked into the McMinn County Jail today.