Civil rights attorney's news conference for Charles Toney at Hamilton County courthouse delayed

Charles Toney
photo Charles Toney (Contributed photo by Hamilton County Jail)

UPDATE: The 2 p.m. news conference has been canceled due to flight delays. It has been rescheduled to 10 a.m. Thursday, still outside the Hamilton County courthouse at 600 Market St.


ORIGINAL STORY: A news conference is scheduled today for Charles Toney, a Chattanooga rapper who was recently shown in a viral video being punched and kicked by a Hamilton County Sheriff's Office detective while in handcuffs.

Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt says he plans to represent Toney in a future lawsuit and will address the public outside the Hamilton County Courthouse at 2 p.m.

"This incident represents clear civil rights violations which demand the immediate termination of the officers involved and appropriate criminal investigation and accountability," Merritt said in a news release today.