Who in their right mind would want to work for a City that ultimately does not want him there?
Musicman375 thank you for pointing out a LEGAL fact.
I am willing to bet that based upon their professional and humble demeanor that this couple will not sue the city. I think that they pushed off the question in a polite way and did not chose to expound on the question most likely asked by the reporter. Not all law suits are monetary based either (not saying that this particular one would or would not be).
As for what damages did they suffer? Look at what type of society we live in. People are more emotional and negative driven then fact driven in todays social circles (hell just take a look at some of the comments made here). People chose to spread negativity and mis-information rather than be positive and factual. The sure fact that he was arrested will cause someone (possibly) to do nothing but spread how much of a criminal he is rather than be completely factual and explain the mis-understanding. Possible? Yes. Probable? Who really knows?
Here is another fact for some of you; having the arrest taken off of his personal record is a long process. Once arrested and processed it goes into the TCIC and NCIC data base. It does not just "drop off" because they dropped the charges (rather it shows what you were arrested for and the court decision reads null process, not 'dropped' or 'mistake made he/she did nothing wrong, oops'.
He is now going to have to hire a lawyer to file the proper paperwork with the State of Tn and the local DA/ADA to have it expunged from his records. That will cost money and it will take months (if not years). Mean while, let's hope that he doesn't plan on having to find a job anytime soon (meaning that he isn't layed off due to the economy or something like that). In his field of expertise (medical) the HR departments (pre-interviewing process)do back ground checks. They do not ask questions if you have an arrest record you get no chance. The economy affords too many options to risk anything.
What would you REALLY do if this happened to you, or to your child? I bet a lot of these one sided remarks would be a hell of a lot different.
It is very easy to sit back and express what the very frightened man "should" have done now that this is all over. But, what about the common sense that the officer could have taken once he saw the poor woman's face drooping (did you see the photos of her face, it looked at if her face was melting).
As a local businessman I can express that I am WELL in touch with the Chattanooga Police regularly and I have seen a lot of them in action. I think they should rethink their line of training. I was once walking down Market street minding my own business when two officers had a car pulled over. One of the cops turned around and started screaming "get back! who the F$@%@ do you think you are sneaking up on me? Get back!" and he had his hand on his gun. This was a pulled over car for speeding everything was calm and the offender was sitting in his own car. There was no call for this behavior. I laughed at him and told him exactly what I thought of him and his behavior. After he realized that I knew the other officer he tried to laugh it off and shake my hand - I refused it.
Let's face it, the Chattanooga police department has been in a state and national negative media light for quite a few years now. Something has to change before someone loses their life. Not all cops are bad but this city has some major problems with their departments from the top down.
I say take this department to court. Their behavior HAS to stop before someone really gets hurt.