CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — An administrative law judge has ordered that two former Chattanooga Police Department officers accused of using excessive force when subduing an inmate be reinstated.
Officers Adam Cooley and Sean Emmer were fired after Police Chief Bobby Dodd reviewed an incident that left halfway house inmate Adam Tatum with eight leg fractures on June 14, 2012. They fought the action and sought reinstatement.
During an administrative hearing in June, they argued that they followed their training and did not use excessive force in restraining Tatum.
Authorities said Tatum brandished a knife at another inmate and was later found to have cocaine in his system.
Dodd told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/15zFr3d) that he was “stunned” by the decision. The city has until Oct. 9 to file an appeal.