TARRANT, Ala. (WIAT) — Wayman Newton, the mayor of Tarrant, was charged with misdemeanor assault Wednesday.
Newton, a lawyer who was elected to office last year, was booked in the Jefferson County Jail for 20 minutes Wednesday. He was charged with third-degree assault, a Class A misdemeanor. The alleged assault occurred in November after he was elected mayor.
When reached for comment, Newton said there had been a warrant taken out on him and that he had gotten it taken care of.
Newton held a press conference at Tarrant City Hall on Thursday to discuss the case. The Tarrant mayor claimed that Dennis Reno, the former Tarrant Police Chief, wouldn’t hire black police officers and that disagreement led to the November altercation.
The Tarrant mayor said that at that time the city did not have a single black police officer.
The former police chief alleged that Newton closed a door in the mayor’s office on his arm, but the Tarrant mayor called the allegations false.
Video of the November incident was released by the city attorney Thursday evening. Watch video of the incident below:
Newton also said that since he took office, he has faced push back from city officials in multiple departments, stating that many are resistant to the changes Newton campaigned on.
The full press conference can be watched in the video player above.