2 officers fired, excessive force found in arrest

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The Chattanooga Police Department has fired two officers for using excessive force against a federal inmate.

Police Chief Bobby Dodd told the Chattanooga Times Free Press Sean Emmer and Adam Cooley were terminated after a disciplinary hearing Wednesday.

Emmer and Cooley were involved in the June 14 arrest of Adam Tatum at the Salvation Army, which contracts to house federal inmates.

Police were called when Tatum became unruly after an employee asked him to provide a urine sample because of erratic behavior. Officers arrived to find Tatum kicking at a door and a struggle ensued.

After viewing surveillance video of the incident, the department fired Emmer and Cooley, but the case is still open because Dodd said they implicated another city officer.

An FBI investigation is still open.


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