A Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) officer under investigation for the possible use of excessive force after he was caught on camera slamming a black woman into a car because she had expired tags, resigned Wednesday, the department confirmed.
Barrett Teague, a four year veteran of the force, was decommissioned on July 4 after police became aware of a video showing him in a physical confrontation with a woman at a Nashville gas station, reports The Tennessean.
The video, from July 3, appears to show Teague slamming the woman against a nearby car during a traffic stop at a market on Dickerson Pike.
According to 21-year-old Adreneyonia Ensley, Teague parked his patrol car behind her while she was parked at a Z-Mart gas station and informed her that her license plate tags were expired.
The video shows that, after handing over the documents that Teague had requested from her, Ensley got out of her car to check out her license plate tags for herself.
In the video Ensley posted, she can be seen walking back to her driver’s side door when Teague grabs her hands behind her back and attempts to restrain her.
At one point Teague appears to slam Ensley against the car parked next to hers.
Teague was placed on desk duty pending an internal investigation after the video was made public.
The resignation puts an end to that administrative investigation, but he remains subject to a criminal investigation by MNPD detectives.
“The administration of the MNPD and Officer Teague’s supervisors at the East Precinct are very concerned with what the video shows,” police said in a statement earlier in July.