In addition to the video, Crossville police chief Rod Shoap investigated the incident and portions of that report are below.
An investigation into the allegations of physical contact between two Crossville city council members, both up for reelection this fall has concluded by Crossville Police Chief Rod Shoap and no charges will result unless the men take out warrants on their own.
The video above includes the interaction between the two men though part of the video is shot from inside Crossville city hall through glass windows and doors making it difficult to see exactly what happened.
The video shows Councilman Jesse Kerley and his father Jerry Kerley, who is also the Director of Water Resources, waiting in the lobby. As Councilman Pete Souza comes down the stairs from the meeting Councilman Kerley speaks to him briefly and the three men step through the door and outside. The video shows the men separate and then come back together with arms flailing.
At this point a number of others from the meeting come through the door and Councilman Kerley and Souza reenter the building and go up the stairs where Crossville Police Chief Rod Shoap was. Others who were in the parking lot at the time of the incident also reenter the building and some spoke with Chief Shoap.
By this time things had calmed back down and a short time later both councilmen left city hall.
Crossville Police Chief Rod Shoap filed a report this afternoon that was released to the media. The report covered the incident on June 2 as well as an incident in February of this year when the two men bumped into each other behind the council desk after that meeting.
Excerpt from Chief Shoap's report of the incident reads: “At about 6:50 pm the meeting adjourned and an altercation took place by the exit doors located on the north side of city hall on the 2nd floor. Councilman Kerley and Councilman Souza are both complainants in the issue and both are requesting reports of the incident.
Jerry Kerley stated to me that as he exited the building, words were spoken between him and Councilman Souza. Councilman Kerley stated that Councilman Souza turned to Jerry Kerley and began raising his voice. At that point Councilman Kerley approached Councilman Souza and the altercation occurred.
Councilman Souza said that he was leaving the building, going through the door as Jerry Kerley said something to him. Councilman Souza turned to hear Jerry Kerley mention the painting of signs at which point he was trying to make a point about the signs when Councilman Kerley interrupted and the altercation took place.
This morning I reviewed the video that came from a camera at city hall that was pointed at the location of the incident. The video has no sound and it is difficult to determine what occurred outside the building. The video should speak for itself.
The incident is a misdemeanor, if in fact a crime, and both parties have been advised to seek a magistrate if they choose to prosecute.”