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Officers Jonathan Bradley and Jacob Lee

This story was updated at 5:58 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, with more information.

Two Chattanooga police officers resigned Wednesday while under administrative investigation by the Chattanooga Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit, according to a news release. 

The resignations of Jacob Lee and Jonathan Bradley comes after the officers' supervisors brought potential policy and procedure violations to Chief David Roddy's attention in late April.

Roddy also contacted federal and state agencies to request investigations, according to police spokeswoman Elisa Myzal.

In two letters with a date of June 1, the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee notified the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office that federal prosecutors "are reviewing evidence related to enforcement actions."

"The USAO has determined that some of those enforcement actions involved unconstitutional searches and seizures, and that some of those unconstitutional searches and seizures were of such a nature that [Lee and Bradley] must have intended to violate the Constitution," Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Neff wrote.

After review of the criminal investigations to date, the choice to move forward with administrative review and action, or resign was afforded to the two officers by Chief Roddy on June 22.

The criminal investigations by the other federal and state agencies are still active and ongoing, according to the news release. The Chattanooga Police Department will be requesting decertification from the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission for Lee and Bradley. 

 

 

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