Video: Family outraged after Winchester police chase leads to man drowning as officers watch

Attorney for family claims officers 'made the calculated decision to let him die'

Body camera footage shows an officer with a flashlight near the water's edge as a man moves in the water. / Winchester police

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In Winchester, Tennessee, the lack of a helping hand has sparked strong criticism of police actions after a chase that ended in a 24-year-old man's drowning death.

On June 4, Johnny Alexander "J.J." Baldwin led Decherd police officers on a chase into the neighboring town of Winchester after they tried to stop him for a traffic violation, officials said. Baldwin drove onto a dead-end road, jumped out, fled into some nearby trees and then ended up in a tributary of Tims Ford Lake called Boiling Fork Creek, according to police.

Baldwin, who can be seen on police body-worn camera footage treading water just a few yards off the shoreline, vanished and drowned as Decherd and Winchester officers apparently watched from the bank.