A federal jury this morning awarded a former Chattanooga Police Department officer $680,000 in damages related to his July 2009 firing from the department.
Mickel Hoback sued the city to get his job back with back pay and benefits. He also asked for $1.5 million in damages.
Chief U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier said the jury could not award Hoback his job back. In February, a Chancery Court judge ordered the city to return the officer to work. That state case is under appeal by the city.
Former Police Chief Freeman Cooper had fired Hoback after an evaluation from a city-hired psychologist deemed the officer “unfit for duty” in relation to a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis.
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Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...