Metro police officer arrested on intimidation charge

Monday, August 2, 2010 at 4:38pm
Staff reports

Police arrested one of their own late Sunday night after the officer’s ex-wife accused him of intimidating her.

Metro Officer Derrick Hutchinson, a 12-year veteran of the department, was arrested Sunday night for on a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault by intimidation.

Hutchinson was released from jail Monday on $2,500 bond.

According to police, Hutchinson’s ex-wife claimed Hutchinson, 42, followed her and her boyfriend when they left church, and after pulling up beside the couple, he mouthed something to them with an angry look on his face.

The officer’s ex-wife told police those actions along with other previous unwanted contact following their divorce had caused her to fear her safety.

A Metro police media release stated Hutchinson was decommissioned and assigned to desk duty at the Central Precinct.

8 Comments on this post:

By: richgoose on 8/2/10 at 10:02

Nothing makes me feel better than to read or hear a story about these police scoundrels being brought to task as a result of their low IQ.

By: budlight on 8/3/10 at 6:43

You know, rich goose, when you are being robbed, beaten and molested by a common street criminal, you probably don't ask an officer his IQ if he's rescuing you. AND anybody can file charges against anybody else. Just ask Al Gore. His charges were filed by a bimbo calling herself a massage therapist. It hit the news and she tried, but the DA refused to prosecute based on HER lack of credability. So maybe this is just an ex-wife get even scam. They do that, you know. All police officers are not scoundrels.

By: govskeptic on 8/3/10 at 7:46

To mouth an unknown statement with an angry look(perceived) in one's eyes gets you criminally charged and decommissioned? While I
deplore domestic violence, this one sounds over the top on the
part of the MPD. One should tread very lightly in a charge with
no more than this one indicates!

By: JaiboiTV on 8/3/10 at 9:24

MPD are humans, too. The oath they swore to doesn't always step in when they are filled with emotional stress. Every person has a level of tolerance that given the right circumstances and can lead to unfavorable behavior. Should this be an excuse for this officer or any officer of the law? I would hope not, but there should be some measures in place to assist these individuals that succumb to such stress on or off duty. I feel that our officers should get the best... because the job they have accepted to do deserves it. Not knowing the full story of occurances between the ex-spouses, it would unjust to give an opinion on the severity of punishment, if any. However, we must place trust & confidence in his superiors to not punish but provide equal justice.

By: HGR_Firearms on 8/3/10 at 1:29

Most police officers, Nashville Metro included, are pretty smart. Like any industry, common sense is difficult to test for. Emotional stressors, such as divorce, loss of job, death of a child or spouse, all play mental games with the person's mental state. Sure, this officer may have not used good judgement, but to say he's stupid is not a fair assessment. He should be treated like any other citizen, and given his fair treatment. If a "normal citizen" would be given probation and couseling to return to normal status within a communtity, then the police officer should also be given that opportunity. There was no weapon involved, so that's not the case here. His job security with the Police Department should be secure if he completes all the requirements. He's been well trained .... should we waste that resource when he's returned to fitness ? I think not. Give him a 2nd chance.

By: richgoose on 8/3/10 at 2:54

I happened to be at a car wash on White Bridge Road today and an Metro officer brought his police vehicle in for a wash. He stepped from his vehicle with an armada of weapons,a short sleeve shirt uniform and tattoos covering both arms all the way to his hands. It was one of the most repugnant sights I saw today.

I would not want to have ANY dialogue with this person. Surely I do not want any "official" dialogue with this man. Only God and he know what is going on in his head.

By: wombat1 on 8/3/10 at 5:30

she was in fear for her life after she made him look like a fool at her church with her new boyfriend is probably how it should have read.
Im so sick of people abusing the domestic violence system.If people would act like our grandparents did we wouldnt read this crap in a paper.
the guy is a cop,hes also human,he also knows the drill,This is just another ploy by the self righteous to exploit a cop,their favorite targets.
The whole metro domestic violence system is a joke run by idiots that believe anyone making a face or comment is an abuser.If they put as much effort into solving homicides and home invasions as they do domestic violence our streets would really be better.Abuse is what the taxpayers get by the DA's office and domestic violence goons who tamper with witnesses and bribe them with treats to keep that federal money rolling in.Anything to make a case by the law school underachievers is the domestic violence system goal.In the meantime,some 3 year old is getting his behind stomped because half of the wimpy staff at the DA's office wouldnt dare go into a black neighborhood to promote anti violence programs.
There is no check or balance system for domestic violence allegations,Its utterly disgusting anyone would get locked up because "someone said so".Lets see if the ex wife or any ex wife gets prosecuted for lying.Fat chance because the DA' wont prosecute for hockey........

By: shef2 on 8/4/10 at 12:16

It's a sad thing, when the very people who are supposed to "protect" people don't.
And then, they are the very same people who are DANGEROUS.
SHAME ON YOU, Derrick Hutchinson-!!! We can not count on you, ever again.