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Video Of Firefighter Arrest Attracts Criticism -- Sky Arnold

Video of Murfreesboro Police arresting a Smyrna firefighter is raising eyebrows across middle Tennessee.

That video shows officer Kenneth White punching Jerry Mosley multiple times in an arrest Thursday morning outside a bar near the Stones River Mall.

At the time Mosley had just been asked to leave the bar.

Police reports say the firefighter was unsteady on his feet and pulled his pants down though Mosley's family says he was leaving the bar willingly.

Fox 17 showed video of the arrest to several people in Murfreesboro including Larry Stillwell.

"Once you restrain a guy why you gonna hit him like that," said Stillwell.

Several others found the arrest out of line as well but Murfreesboro police aren't among them.

"After reviewing the video and statements from the officers involved, Department officials believe the level of force applied is reasonable and appropriate, consistent with the level of resistance offered by Mr. Mosley and is also consistent with training, department policy, and state law," said police in a statement.

Former Metro Police Officer Buford Tune agrees with them.

Fox 17 asked Tune to look at the video and give his opinion.

Tune says the punches in the video are actually compliance strikes officers are trained to use.

 " You're punching the kidney area the muscle area to get him to put his hands behind his back," said Tune.

Tune says in the video Mosley isn't doing that and he says there's a lesson for the crowd in the video as well.

"All the people around need to shut up because all they're doing is aggravating the situation more," said Tune.

 Mosley faces some criminal charges of indecent exposure, public intoxication and resisting arrest.

 He'll appear here in court on January 16.