published Friday, September 27th, 2013

Citizens group urges city to appeal judge's order on reinstatement of fired officers

Should the city appeal the decision restoring 2 police officers' jobs?
Emmer and Cooley order
Emmer and Cooley order

Concerned Citizens for Justice is urging residents to attend Tuesday's City Council meeting to protest a judge's order that two former Chattanooga Police officers involved in a severe beating captured on video be reinstated.

The group also is asking the city to appeal the order that Sean Emmer and Adam Cooley get their jobs back with full back pay and benefits.

"We have to act quickly before this order becomes final on October 9," a new release from the group states.

Group member Ash-Lee Henderson said, "... "there is only one option the community is interested in and that is the immediate appeal of this order and any and all additional steps necessary to make sure these two officers are not placed back on our streets.”

An online petition created Thursday has 200 signatures, according to the news release.

Administrative Judge Kim Summers overturned the firing of Emmer and Cooley. Chattanooga Police Chief Boddy Dodd fired the officers in November 2012. The two were involved in the severe beating of a federal inmate at the Salvation Army. A grand jury declined to indict them and federal investigators never filed charges against them.

Dodd is meeting with city attorneys today.

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