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Mt. Juliet families receive eviction notices after officer assaulted

MOUNT JULIET, TN (WSMV) -

Three families could be forced out of their home because of something that happened in the parking lot of their apartment complex.

A Mt. Juliet police officer was assaulted Sunday night as he tried to get a crowd under control at the Willow Creek Apartments.

Now, several people are facing eviction, including two who claim they were only witnesses to the violence.

Residents at Willow Creek first called police just before 8 p.m. complaining about a group of about a dozen people playing loud music and cursing.

"I said, 'we have the freedom to be out here. We have the right to say what we want and do what we want as long as we're not threatening anybody or slandering anybody's name,'" said Khari Banks, who was arrested.

Banks, 17, said he was simply trying to voice his opinion when, the next thing he knew, he was being grabbed by Officer Matt Mang and placed in handcuffs.

"He tried to grab me, and I stepped back and said, 'what are you doing?' He grabs me again, and he puts my arm behind my back and he grabs me by my hair and throws me on my truck," Banks said.

When he tried to arrest Banks, police said another 17-year-old tried to jump on the officer, hitting his hand to keep him from arresting the other teen.

Banks' mother later came outside to see what was going on.

"She says, 'I have the right to stand out here. That's my child, and he's a minor. You can't put handcuffs on him. You can't put him in the back of the car,'" Banks said.

By the time it was over, four people were arrested, including Banks' mother. But their problems didn't end there. Now, the family could be evicted from their apartment.

The eviction notice said Banks and his mother were "involved in a physical altercation which occurred on the premises."

Banks and his family are not alone. Glenda Roberson said she was a witness and wasn't involved in the incident Sunday, but she, too, received an eviction notice, claiming someone visiting was part of the disturbance.

"My grandson wasn't involved. I just want to know why I'm getting this notice. There was nothing done by my guests or me," Roberson said.

Roberson has custody of her two grandsons after their mother died in a car crash. She also has a medical condition that affects her nervous system and said if she's kicked out, she has no where else to go.

"I got my grandkids, I got 72 hours, I'm disabled. I don't know where I'm going to go. I guess I'll be homeless," Roberson said.

Lakeya Shannon was just as surprised to get the notice to be moved out within 72 hours. She said management claimed they heard she threatened them.

Police records show Chandler Frazier, 19, was arrested Monday for allegedly making a threat, but not Shannon.

"They arrested someone for verbally assaulting them. If I physically assaulted them, why didn't I get arrested? Because they know this is a lie," Shannon said.

The tenants who have already received an eviction notice say they are now considering filing an injunction to try and prevent them from being kicked out of their homes.

Channel 4 News contacted the management company for the apartment complex, and they said if a tenant feels their eviction notice is a mistake, they should contact the attorney who sent it.

If a tenant doesn't leave after 72 hours, an official eviction proceeding will be filed.

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