Former Chattanooga police officers take stand to plead for jobs

photo Former Chattanooga police officer Sean Emmer testifies during a hearing to appeal his and Adam Cooley's termination Thursday in the Chattanooga City Council room of City Hall. Emmer and Cooley were terminated in November after their involvement in the beating of Adam Tatum last June.


The appeal hearing for Emmer and Cooley will resume July 3. Scheduled witnesses include training officer Philip McClain, Sgt. Michael Wenger and former Bravo officer Latoya Tate.Administrative Law Judge Kim Summers will have 15 days to issue an initial order and up to 60 days for a final decision. Attorneys for either side may appeal to Hamilton County Chancery Court.

Two former Chattanooga officers denied in testimony Thursday they used excessive force when they arrested a federal inmate at a halfway house last year.