Fired Chattanooga policeman wins $680,000 verdict

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal jury has awarded $680,000 to a former Chattanooga police officer who was fired as unfit for duty with a stress disorder after serving in Iraq with the Tennessee Army National Guard.

Michael Hoback, the department's officer of the year in 2007, said he still also wants his police job back.

One of his attorneys, Phillip Lawrence, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press it's still uncertain if he will ever be reinstated.

The jury agreed with Hoback's claim that the city violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act by firing him.

During a four-day trial, retired Chattanooga Police Chief Freeman Cooper testified that he fired Hoback in July 2009 based on a psychologist's evaluation that he was "unfit for duty" because of self-reported incidents.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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