Cop Charged With Assault For Slapping Drug Offender

| by Zara Zhi
Elizabeth Berry-Loucks Elizabeth Berry-Loucks

A Nashville, Tennessee, police officer has been discharged and put on desk duty after allegedly slapping a woman during a drug arrest.

The morning of August 16, Elizabeth Berry-Loucks was called in to search the home of a woman under arrest for felony heroin and gun charges. Authorities say Berry-Loucks was apprehending 22-year-old Rachel Hall, WKRN reports.

Police found 9.5 grams of heroin, 2.9 grams of cocaine, 112 pills in baggies, and three pistols -- two of which are believed to have been stolen in nearby robberies -- inside Hall's Bell Road apartment.

Berry-Loucks was allegedly stabbed by an uncapped syringe hidden in the suspect's bra. The officer reportedly responded by slapping the woman in the face.

Hall was charged with possession of heroin for resale, felony theft, possession of pills without a prescription, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and violation of Tennessee’s Crooks with Guns law.

The suspect was held in jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond, and it is unclear if she has an attorney. Meanwhile, Berry-Loucks was charged with misdemeanor assault and decommissioned from the force.

Berry-Loucks, a three-year veteran of the Metro Nashville Police Department, received medical treatment for the needle stick.

The Office of Professional Accountability is running an administrative investigation of her actions.

Sources: WKRN, Associated Press via Fox News / Photo credit: Metro Nashville Police Department via WKRN

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