Circuit Court Judge Neil Thomas sided with the city today granting a temporary restraining order to keep two former officers off their job until an appeal is heard.
But Thomas ordered the city to put former Chattanooga Police officers Sean Emmer and Adam Cooley back on the payroll and pay their benefits.
City attorneys have filed an appeal in Circuit Court against Administrative Law Judge Kim Summers' decision to reinstate Emmer and Cooley. Summers found the officers had acted in accordance with their training when they beat federal inmate Adam Tatum more than 44 times with a metal baton, breaking both his legs, during a confrontation at the Salvation Army on McCallie Avenue.
Based on public outcry, City Attorney Phil Noblett argued the police department would have a difficult time enforcing in the community if the officers were allowed back on the streets.
See tomorrow's Times Free Press for complete details.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...