published Monday, September 30th, 2013

Chattanooga to appeal decision ordering officers back on the job

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    Officer Adam Cooley, from left, Officer Sean Emmer Chattanooga Police Department

Chattanooga will appeal a judge's decision to order the reinstatement of two police fired in connection with a severe beating.

“After carefully studying the opinion and considering our options with Police Chief Dodd and City Attorney Hinton, I have ordered the City Attorney’s office to appeal this decision on the first day allowed (October 10)," Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said in a statement. "I stand with Chief Dodd on his decision to terminate the officers’ employment. We must maintain the trust of our community, and I will not allow the actions of a few to tarnish the good work of so many officers who do their jobs the right way every day.”

Officers Sean Emmer and Adam Cooley were fired in November 2012 over a beating of an inmate at the Salvation Army earlier that year.

Last week an administrative judge ordered that the city give the two officers their jobs back.

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