published Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

City Council votes to OK settlement involving 2 fired Chattanooga police officers

Chattanooga officials announced tonight a settlement has been reached involving two Chattanooga police officers fired for beating a federal inmate and neither officer will return to work.

City Council voted to approve a settlement amount of $15,000 to each former officer Sean Emmer and Adam Cooley as well as any pending payments the city owes the former officers.

Emmer and Cooley were accused of using excessive force and fired in November 2012.

Negotiations have taken place since early December at the same time the city reached a settlement with Adam Tatum. He is the inmate who suffered two broken legs in the beating and had sued the city for $50 million. On Dec. 9, Tatum agreed to drop his federal lawsuit in exchange for $125,000.

But in late December, Chairman Yusuf Hakeem said negotiations were likely off the table because the officer's attorneys asked for too much.

See tomorrow's Times Free Press for complete details.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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