Man says officers are harassing him for filing complaint about alleged police brutality

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A man told WREG he's being harassed by the same police who hit him over the head with a pair of handcuffs.

WREG first told you about Demetrius Caffey last month.

Cell phone video showed what he said was police brutality.

He filed a complaint with internal affairs and now, in another video, he said an officer admits to beating him.

Originally, police were trying to arrest Caffey on a domestic assault charge.

While he does have a violent criminal history, he said ever since he filed a complaint with IAB, officers have been cruising the streets near his home harassing him and even mocking him for going to internal affairs.

"That's why you got your a** beat the first time," someone in the video can be heard saying.

Caffey said that was a Memphis police officer admitting to hitting him with a pair of handcuffs.

"They hit me upside my head for nothing," he said.

That incident was also caught on camera.

WREG shared that video two weeks ago.

Caffey claimed it showed two officers roughing him up while trying to arrest him for an outstanding domestic assault charge.

Police arrested him inside his neighbor, Ron Cooper's house in the 300 block of Hollowell.

Both Caffey and Cooper went to internal affairs afterward and filed a complaint.

Last week, Cooper said the same officers came back and started harassing Caffey.

"He was sitting on his aunt's porch," Cooper said. "They pulled up and told him he couldn't be on private property. Which, he had permission to be there."

Cooper pulled out his phone again and said the officers taunted Caffey about the brutality complaint.

"Hey, nobody's sweating internal affairs," someone can be heard yelling.

"I was like, 'My gosh! I can't believe he said that," Cooper said of the video.

Once they saw him recording, Cooper said the officers turned on him next.

The video showed an officer using a megaphone to ask, "Who is the homeowner at 330?"

Cooper and Caffey filed another IAB complaint, and hoped with this second video it would be taken seriously.

"When they heard that remark made by the officer, they immediately told me to stop the video and give them a copy. That was all they needed to see," Cooper said.

MPD would only send WREG a statement that said they are aware of both videos and are investigating.

Cooper and Caffey said that was not enough.

They didn't want promises, they said they want action.

"I really don't even want my face to be seen, because they're saying they're going to whoop me anytime they see me," Caffey said.

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