published Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Chattanooga police investigating officer over teen’s assault allegation

Chattanooga Police Officer Mario Cunningham
Chattanooga Police Officer Mario Cunningham
Photo by Angela Lewis /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A veteran Chattanooga police officer is under investigation after a 17-year-old claims he was assaulted while in custody in the Juvenile Detention Center, police said.

The Internal Affairs and Major Crimes units are investigating the allegations against Officer Mario Cunningham, according to a news release from police spokesman Nathan Hartwig.

No information was immediately available on the nature of the assault, which reportedly took place Sunday.

Hartwig said Cunningham, who has been on the force for more than 10 years, has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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Legend said...

CPD, and even Hamilton County Sheriff Dept., are long overdo for a good olf fashioned house cleaning.

August 10, 2011 at 1:08 p.m.
bgrammer said...

Notice how some officers are "placed on paid administrative leave" but this man is "relieved of duties." I realize that the same process will be followed either way, but why make this sound so negative and judgmental? I do not know any of the parties involved. If this DID happen, then follow procedure. If (as has been suggested) this is an exaggeration aimed at "pay back," then allow the officer to do his work (as he has been doing for TEN years.)

August 10, 2011 at 3:01 p.m.
brokentoe said...

ain't none o them THAT dumb!!

Most cops aren't very smart anyways.

And some are just that dumb and brazen. They've come to expect I.A. and the department to cover up for them.

August 10, 2011 at 3:22 p.m.
dao1980 said...

There are always a few good and honorable coppers out workin the beat, but in many cases, the only difference between a cop and a criminal is a little tin foil badge.

Oh, and a car... and blue lights... and, well.. I guess that's about it.

August 10, 2011 at 3:57 p.m.
Oz said...

The kid probably ran his mouth and got a lesson in respect.

August 10, 2011 at 9:54 p.m.
johnnyhurst said...

You can't jump to conclusions, because the media has a way of being overly dramatic with the news. However, if he did hit this kid then we have a problem. I do know that a good smacking would do a bunch of these kids out there good. Stripe your kids tail when they need it and spare them from a lifetime in prison. Cops shouldn't be handing out their own sentences though.

August 10, 2011 at 10:37 p.m.
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