Hamilton County, TN- On Tuesday, September 20, 2022, a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputies (SRD) assigned to East Ridge High School was called to the school’s gymnasium for the report of a disorder between an 18-year-old student, Tauris Sledge, and a member of the school’s staff.
Upon request from school administrators for the student to be removed from the gym and proceed to the office, Sledge refused. The School Resource Deputy then attempted to place the student in custody for disorderly conduct. It was at this point, a struggle began between Sledge and the SRD.
According to Sheriff Austin Garrett, a brief cell phone video of the altercation surfaced on social media that presented only a short portion of the incident. He then released the SRD officer’s body-worn camera video available to the public.
You can find that video HERE
This morning, students of East Ridge Highschool walked out of class and onto the football field to protest because of the actions the resource deputy took while trying to arrest student, Tauris Sledge. The original video, taken by a student, showed the deputy pulling him by his hair when he would not comply.
The job status of the resource deputy, Tyler McRae, is currently unknown. According to WTVC, McCrae is a former Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputy who is named in a 2019 lawsuit that claims students were frisked, and one of them strip-searched, at a traffic stop.
A video of the students protesting is also on their website HERE.