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Man has concerns over arrest

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JOHNSTON CITY -- A Johnston City man is confused and frustrated over an arrest that kept him in jail for several hours. He brought up concerns at a city council meeting Tuesday night, saying he felt like he was treated unfairly by police.

"I could not believe what happened to me happened," David Sloan said. 

The 58-year-old has lived in Johnston City most of his life and walks around his neighborhood often. He wore a face mask on his walk last Thursday because of the bitter cold.

"I don't know what I was doing that would constitute suspicious behavior," Sloan said. 

He said police approached him less than 50 feet from his home, saying he looked suspicious. This came after he walked around the area and watched as police pulled over a motorist, according to Sloan.

After a search and an exchange of words, he said police arrested him for a having a "controlled substance," which he called his "prescribed medicine."

Authorities also claimed he "verbally threatened" the lives of two officers. Sloan admits to a poor choice of words during his confusion and frustration over why police stopped him in the first place.

"I then stated to him, well, that's good too because I'm gonna pray you go to heaven and you go tonight," Sloan said, after asking if the officer believed in God.

After nearly 18 hours behind bars, the Williamson County State's Attorney declined to prosecute for now, and Sloan walked out of jail.

Johnston City Police Chief William Stark told News 3 the case is under investigation.

"There's always room for improvement so this will be looked at just like every arrest and case and we'll see what we need to improve on," Stark said. 

Sloan, and others in town, hope to see those improvements, and soon.

"Not just for myself but for all the people that I know and have seen get this type of treatment delivered to them and those to come if this doesn't stop," Sloan said.

The Williamson County State's Attorney's Office told News 3 while Sloan was released from jail with no charges filed, at that time, charges may still be forthcoming in the future.

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