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Metro police not investigating crash despite officer's driving history

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Even though three different people have all blamed a Metro police officer for a recent traffic crash, Metro police officials will not investigate claims that their officer caused the accident.

The News4 I-Team discovered the officer involved has a history of similar complaints during his time with the department. 

"It sends a message that they don't care,” said Gino Green, who was the one driving on Murfreesboro Road when he was hit from behind.

Both Green and Ashley Lewis say they stand by what they told the News4 I-Team earlier this month. That Metro Police Officer Gerry Hutcheson is the reason they got in a car crash back on June 6th. They claim Hutcheson pulled out in front of them at a busy intersection without his sirens on.

“Evidently there [are] two sets of laws. There [are] laws for us regular folks and then there [are] laws for the Metro police officers where they have absolute power,” Green told News4.

Green said he was even more upset to learn what the News4 I-Team uncovered about the officer's past. 

A complaint the News4 I-Team has uncovered from 2012. In it, a woman claimed the way Officer Hutcheson pulled her over was unsafe and dangerous. She said officer Hutcheson pulled in front of her, braked suddenly and almost caused her to wreck.

After that incident, Hutcheson was given a warning and asked to use a higher level of caution when conducting traffic stops.

In another case from 2004, Officer Hutcheson was disciplined for failure to yield when a pickup truck hit his car.

"It sounds like a pattern that he has the things from the previous and this current situation with my daughter and this accident,” said Dwayne Lewis, whose 19 year-old-daughter was also involved in the most recent crash with Hutcheson.

For weeks, Metro police officials have declined our repeated requests for an interview, but a spokesman told the News4 I-Team that while they are aware of issues in Hutcheson's past, they don't have any correlation to the crash involving Green and Lewis. Not to mention, according to another officer who was with Hutcheson at the time of the accidents said his sirens were on.

These victims say they would feel better if police would at least investigate what happened. Especially given the officers driving history with the department.

"I'm disturbed by that because he's now still driving," Lewis said. "What is it going to take, someone [losing] their life?"

“It gives the impression that if you go against the police officer, whatever he says, you're not going to be heard,” said Lewis’s daughter Ashley.

A spokesman for Metro Police says neither victim has yet to file a formal complaint with the department. After this story aired the spokesman told News4 formal complaints are needed to launch an investigation.

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