MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis Police officer Therman Richardson was named "Top Cop" in 2007. But, three years later, Albert Robertson has nothing nice to say about him.
"He should have known better," Robertson said Tuesday. "He's a police officer."
Robertson feels the decorated detective went too far while disciplining his 12-year-old son, Jeremiah.
"He choked him, flung him across the room twice," Robertson said. "He punched him in the chest."
Robertson provided photos that he claims show injuries to his son. They include a laceration he says was caused by the officer's utility belt.
"He took that belt and beat my son with it," Robertson said.
Robertson claims his estranged wife was with his son at the time. They were visiting Richardson's home when the officer discovered a hickey on his 10-year-old niece's neck.
"When questioned about it, she said Jeremiah did it," he said.
Robertson contacted police after his son told him about how he had been punished.
"And every time he was interviewed, he told the same thing," Robertson said.
Police eventually charged Richardson with misdemeanor assault. However, they would not discuss details of the case.
"And I think they're giving leniency because he is an officer of the law," he said.
Richardson's "top cop" status may be tarnished if the charges against him are true.
Robertson's estranged wife tells Action News 5 that he is using this incident as ammunition in their bitter custody battle.