Shoved Wal-Mart greeter sues suspended policeman

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A 71-year-old Wal-Mart greeter who contends he was shoved to the ground by a Chattanooga detective when he asked the detective for a receipt and touched his arm has filed a federal damage lawsuit.

The Wal-Mart employee, Bill Walker, says in the suit that Chattanooga has a history of failing to discipline or otherwise prosecute its officers. The suit names the detective, an accompanying officer and the city.

The detective, Kenneth Freeman, has been suspended without pay for 28 days for conduct unbecoming an officer, improper procedure and excessive use of force.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the Christmas Eve altercation at the Collegedale Wal-Mart happened while Freeman was on duty.

No criminal charges have been filed. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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