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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A clip posted to social media of a Metro police officer using force to take down a suspect has sparked an online debate.

Police said Carlisha Hayden was driving over the speed limit in east Nashville and refused to stop. When she finally stopped, police said they found marijuana.

Police said Hayden refused to comply with the officer’s commands.

A man named Richard Rogers posted video of the arrest online.

Dozens of people responded saying they hoped the officer’s badge was taken away and called for a lawsuit.

In a surprise move, North Precinct Commander Terrance Graves responded back with a lengthy Facebook post defending the officer’s actions and encouraging people to deal in facts.

The Facebook post read in part:

As I stated, I am the Precinct Commander over the North Precinct and I have a vested interest into what happens within the boundaries of the North Precinct. We are currently within 24-hours of the initial incident. This incident is being investigated. There is no cover-up. Her arrest and citation will be judged in court. As is stands right now, there are no indications of abusive treatment or any civil rights violations. At this time, the investigation is not complete. The investigation will be completed by the East Precinct since the officer involved works in the East Precinct.

“It’s nice that somebody on the command level steps up and defends an officer from time to time that’s a great thing,” said Fraternal Order of Police President Danny Hale.

Hale said it doesn’t appear the officer, an 18-year veteran, did anything wrong.

“He’s just doing his job and that’s all. It is by everyone’s own admission the lady was not compliant. She did not stop,” Hale said.

Hayden told Channel 4, “I want people to know that it was very unacceptable what happened to me. It wasn’t justified and I plan to file a complaint.”

Rogers, the man who posted the video, didn’t respond to our request for an interview.

As for police, they call this “their new reality,” one where they say people are often quick to judge and criticize, but slow to show support.

“Why in the world are we not talking about the woman doing 78 mph, smoking a blunt with a 4-year-old in the car? Why aren’t we having that conversation,” Hale said.

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