Chattanooga City Council debates legality of member's proposed police investigation, charter amendment

Councilor Demetrus Coonrod speaks during a meeting in the Chattanooga City Council chamber on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tenn. A proposed $263.8 million city budget for fiscal year 2020 includes funding for infrastructure upgrades.

Chattanooga City Council members toiled Tuesday over Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod's request to investigate the Chattanooga Police Department's internal affairs division and pass a referendum to amend the city's charter to provide the council the authority to fire various executives, including the police chief.

At Tuesday afternoon's strategic planning meeting, Coonrod reintroduced an idea she floated last week to investigate the city's Internal Affairs division in the wake of an investigation into rape allegations against former Chattanooga police officer Desmond Logan. That probe uncovered a potential link to retired Assistant Chief Edwin McPherson and retired Capt. Pedro Bacon in a potential cover-up.