published Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Chattanooga police officer placed on leave after he reportedly pulled Taser on a man after road rage

A Chattanooga Police Department officer has been placed on leave pending the outcome of an investigation in which he reportedly pulled a Taser on an Ooltewah man following a road rage incident on Brainerd Road.

Officer Gregory Chambers, 37, who was off duty at the time, had an argument with Christopher Smith after a driving incident, according to a police report.

"He will be on administrative leave initially until we complete our internal investigation," said Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd. "After that he will be placed on personal leave pending the outcome of his court appearance."

Chambers and Smith exchanged words before leaving the scene Saturday, according to a police report.

Smith told deputies that Chambers phoned his home and spoke to Smith's son asking about the vehicle. Smith called the number back, and it was Chambers who answered, according to the report.

A short time later, Smith saw Chambers' white pickup pull in front of his residence at 5512 Pearl St.

Chambers said he went to the residence to see what the problem was. According to Chambers' account, Smith carried a baseball bat. At that point, Chambers said he went for his Taser in the cab of the pickup, according to the report.

Smith yelled for his wife to call deputies, according to a police report.

Chambers was issued a trespass warning for the residence, and a warrant was executed for a charge of assault. On Sunday, he turned himself in on the warrant.

Chambers was released on his own recognizance, and his next court date is set for Jan. 5. before General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck.

Contact staff writer Beth Burger at bburger@timesfree press.com or 423-757-6406.

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dao1980 said...

Hey! I recognize that guy. He's the copper that spit all over me whilst yelling profanity at the top of his lungs a year or so ago.

I had just gotten an old antique Honda cb200 and was working some bugs out of the engine by riding around with some tools in a backpack, stopping every few miles to turn a screw or a bolt.

I hadn't registered it yet, and of course I knew I could get a ticket, but decided to take the calculated risk. (shame on me)

This fella was on a side street and must have been looking really hard for my infraction. When he pulled out onto the road he had his cruiser absolutely floored, and I, with a decent sense of self preservation, got off the road to avoid being run down on my little rinky-dink old Honda.

He slid sideways into the parking lot I had stopped in, came out of his door like he was ready to fight, and started yelling at me for not having a tag.

I was surprised that he was so mad about it, and told him that I knew I had "done wrong" and would respectfully accept a ticket and go home to finish my tinkering.

He immediately flipped out, and demanded that I take my helmet off and proceeded in getting two inches from my face screaming at the top of his lungs that he could "bounce" me off the pavement at any moment if I didn't do exactly as he demanded.

Of course I said "yessir! whatever you say constable!" and after a few minutes of heated interrogation, went home to wash his spit off of my face and get back to work.

This dude is down right obnoxious, and I am not at all surprised that he wouldn't back down from someone with the coconuts to stand up to his bullying.

November 22, 2011 at 9:57 a.m.
Legend said...

He immediately flipped out, and demanded that I take my helmet off and proceeded in getting two inches from my face screaming at the top of his lungs that he could "bounce" me off the pavement at any moment if I didn't do exactly as he demanded.

Threatening to bounce you off the pavement? Isn't that what he and those other cops did to Dr. Prater's son back in early 2000? bounced him off and all over the pavement? Why didn't they get rid of this lunatic way back then? He's definitely a liability to the department. Must have friends or family on the force protecting him.

@"Chambers said he went to the residence to see what the problem was."

Really now, Chambers. Even you know the above statement doesn't sound right. If it isn't against police procedure it should be. Did you show up as a bullying cop or a citizen? Either one and both would be wrong.

November 22, 2011 at 10:16 a.m.
Marathon5454 said...

Sounds like Chambers thinks he is above the law

November 22, 2011 at 12:35 p.m.
brokentoe said...

it's pass due time for a massive spring cleaning of police departments all across the nation. Get rid of the crazies once and for all. Stop covering up for them. Stop being intimidated by their union reps. If these police unions are willing to cover up for the bad apples, then they need to be stripped of having union.

November 22, 2011 at 2:22 p.m.
thinkfirst said...

First, lets have all the facts before we make rash remarks about the alleged incident. Yes, it was wrong to go to the guys house. But ask yourself this, has anyone ever cut you off, almost ran you out of the road, or been right on your bumper? It has happened to me and I really wanted to go and confront them, I didn't but wanted too. Have You? Would this be such a hot topic if he was not a cop? Probably not. I see that alot of the comments are coming from people that seem to have had some run ins with the law. Not all but alot. Hummmm Would any of you put your life on the line evry day for less than great pay? These officers do. Could you work every day under the stress of shootings , murders etc.? They do No I am not related to Officer Chambers but I do Know him. I also know him as an officer. He is not what these people are making him sound like. Some wrongs were made BUT lets see the investigation and think of him as a human, a man. And the next time you get cut off etc. what would you feel like saying to that other person

November 22, 2011 at 4:31 p.m.
chioK_V said...

@thinkfirst said... First, lets have all the facts before we make rash remarks about the alleged incident. Yes, it was wrong to go to the guys house. But ask yourself this, has anyone ever cut you off, almost ran you out of the road, or been right on your bumper? It has happened to me and I really wanted to go and confront them,

Yes, that and more has happened to all of us at some point and time, even at the hands of cops driving recklessly on the road. However, only someone as arrogant as Chambers would think it was alright to make a personal visit. Did he use his position as a cop to trace Smith's license plate in order to determine where Smith lived the proceeded to personally show up at his home? Then Chambers committed another boo boo. Surely, that should be against departmental policy. But it seems there are no policies in place locally for LE to follow.

November 22, 2011 at 6:19 p.m.
RetiredMarshal said...

This just goes to show ya it only takes one officer to make it hard on the rest.This guy has a problem and you can bet the dept know it too.they place him on AL and they think this is gonna makehim better,Its not.Im curious whats in his personal file.

November 23, 2011 at 10:01 a.m.
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