Attorney Asks Convictions Be Thrown Out By Man Allegedly Beaten By 2 City Police Officers

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

An attorney is asking that convictions be thrown out against a man who was allegedly beaten by two Chattanooga Police officers.

Officers Shawn Emmer and Adam Cooley were fired by Police Chief Bobby Dodd based on video of the June 14 incident at a halfway house on McCallie Avenue. They are appealing the dismissal to an administrative law judge.

Adam Jerome Tatum pleaded guilty to assault and drug possession after the incident. Attorney Robin Flores said his attorney, Mike Acuff, was shown only a portion of the video - and not the part showing the alleged beating.

He said it was the responsibility of the prosecutor to give a complete version of the case and turn over any exculpatory evidence.

Attorney Flores said he has not been shown the video, but he said he was led to believe that the entire incident was caught on video.

He said, "During the arrest, the officers named, bludgeoned, strangled, and battered plaintiff. As a direct and proximate result of the actions and omissions of the officers herein named, plaintiff suffered six fractures to his right leg, and two fractures to his left leg. The fractures to the left leg resulted in a compound fracture of the tibia and arterial bleeding. Numerous other officers arrived after the event and añer the ofñcers herein named handcuffed and sat him on a curb outside.

"At no time did any attempt to aid plaintiff or seek to stop his bleeding. At no time did any officer attempt to secure the crime scene. Rather, Jay Smith tried to clean plaintiff's blood from the floor where the beating happened."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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