Video of incident and the police report are posted below. The police report provides more details about this incident.
The fight against domestic violence in Mississippi suffered a blow this week as a simple assault domestic violence charge was dismissed against former JPD Deputy Chief Brady Hightower. Ridgeland police arrested Hightower in January in a bank parking lot as he (allegedly) assaulted a female.
The victim refused to testify in court and exercised her Fifth Amendment rights. The victim also refused to affirm a written statement she gave police when Hightower was arrested. Ridgeland Municipal Court Judge Bob Camp dismissed the charges upon a request to do so by Hightower attorney Rocky Wilkins.
JJ obtained a copy of the video through a public records request. The video posted below consists of video recordings taken from three different security cameras.
:21 Hightower chases victim across the parking lot.
1:32 A customer pulls up but immediately backs out and leaves. Doesn't want any part of this.
2:27 Ridgeland PD arrive
3:07. Different camera. Victim runs from Hightower.
3:33 He grabs her. They scuffle right in front of the camera. He is in JPD uniform.
4:40 Different angle of customer pulling into drive-thru but immediately leaving.
7:02 Different camera. Hightower grabs victim and continues to wrestle with her. It appears that he puts her in a headlock or chokehold at one point although his back is to the camera.