Chattanooga police investigating officer over teen's assault allegation

Chattanooga police investigating officer over teen's assault allegation

August 10th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Chattanooga Police Officer Mario Cunningham

Photo by Angela Lewis /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.