Press release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; October 2, 2012:
Nashville, TN– The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today arrested Ray Amalfitano, the former Chief of Police of Lafayette, after an investigation involving an assault on a prisoner.
Amalfitano, age 38, of 501 Hanna Drive, Lafayette, TN, resigned his position as Chief of Police of Lafayette, effective September 21, 2012, but has since become employed as a police officer with the City of Westmoreland. TBI began the investigation on July 25, 2012, at the request of District Attorney General Tommy Thompson. The investigation centered on allegations that Amalfitano assaulted Keith Pippin, age 33, of 8885 Galen Rd. Lafayette, TN, on March 22, after Pippin had been arrested by a Macon County Sheriff’s Deputy, was handcuffed and placed in the back of the Deputy’s patrol car. At the time of Pippin’s arrest, Pippin was accused of being intoxicated while at the Lafayette Elementary School. A Lafayette Police Captain, Kevin Woodard, of 754 Jack Porter Road, Lafayette, TN, also submitted his resignation with the department, effective October 19, but has not been charged.
Amalfitano was released from the Macon County Jail on his own recognizance in lieu of a $2,500.00 bond. His initial appearance date is October 12, 2012, in the Criminal Court of Macon County.