On Tuesday morning Sheriff Chris Watkins released the following statement concerning an incident that happened last week at a residence in Jackson Springs:

“On October 20 a video began circulating on Facebook and other social media sites of two Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies struggling with a youthful man.  The authors of the video were exclaiming the deputies were choking the person being arrested and he could not breathe. The arrest occurred at a home in the Jackson Spring community when Deputies were attempting to serve an order for arrest on Dwight Ellis who lived at the home. After being allowed entry into the home to locate Ellis they encountered Ray Anthony Cozart, Jr. age 25, who was subsequently arrested for two counts each of obstructing and delay a public officer, assault on a public office and communicating threats. Cozart was placed in the detention center under a $6,000 bond and has a court appearance on November 10. Sheriff Chris Watkins has met with the local leaders of the NAACP and other community activists concerning the matter. Watkins is conducting an investigation of the arrest and actions of all parties involved to ensure laws and policies of the agency were followed.”

For the full story, see the October 28 issue of the Montgomery Herald.