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Police chief arrested in Southaven seeks vindication

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SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - "I said "F" you."

A former convenience store clerk we agreed to disguise recalls a confrontation with Clarksdale Mississippi Police Chief Gregory Hoskins late one night last month - a night which ended with his arrest.

"I called Southaven Police because with his behavior," the clerk said. "I didn't know what the man was capable of."

The argument occurred inside the Circle K at Goodman Road and Airways Blvd.  Hoskins was arrested minutes later at another Circle K across the street.  That's where one officer used pepper spray to subdue Clarksdale's top cop.

"You know, he got nose to nose with one of the officers and I'm outside giving my statement and actually see the scuffle," the clerk said.

Hoskins has since filed charges against the clerk for cursing in public, which is a misdemeanor in Mississippi.  

Now he's after the two arresting officers for allegedly going over the line.

"For police, every time you wrestle somebody, they could turn around and they to prosecute," said Southaven Police Chief Tom Long.

Long said Hoskins and his attorney attempted to press charges already, but neither knew correct protocol.

"They would have to contact the county prosecuting attorney," he said, "and that's where they were referred to from here."

In cases involving officers, a judge will ultimately decide if claims of misconduct have merit.  It's something that may be a hard sell in Southaven.

"Anytime you approach and officer in a threatening manner, I mean, you're not anyone special, regardless of who you are," the clerk said.

"We've reviewed it," Long said.  "The officers have responded to what they've been asked, and they're conduct we'll certainly stand behind in court."

Clarksdale's chief is expected back in court next month on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and interfering with a business.  He verified plans to pursue charges against the Southaven officers.  Action News 5 was unable to contact his attorney in Greenville, Mississippi.

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