On Christmas Eve, 71-Year-Old Bill Walker was shoved against a vending machine and then pushed to the floor by Chattanooga Police Detective Kenneth Freeman. The altercation took place when Walker, a Wal-Mart greeter, asked to see Freeman's receipt.
Gholom Ghassedi, a Wal-Mart customer, came to Walker's aide, telling the officer "You can't push down an old man!" then proceeded to struggle with Freeman. Ghassedi was then shoved through a glass door by Det. Freeman, which cut Ghassedi's neck.
Officer McPherson had to break up Ghessedi and Freeman's fight. Walker filed the complaint himself after Collegedale Police refused to bring charges against Freeman. After reviewing his complaint, Judge Kevin Wilson declined to issue assault charges.