Attorney Bryan Hoss said he welcomed a decision by U.S. Attorney Bill Killian not to prosecute his client, former Chattanooga Police officer Sean Emmer, as well as former officer Adam Cooley.
Prosecutors had been considering possible charges in connection with an incident at the Salvation Army wih Adam Tatum in which both his legs were broken. The incident was caught on video.
Attorney Hoss said, “We are pleased with the United States’ decision declining prosecution. On behalf of Officer Emmer, we invited the prosecutors to come to Chattanooga to ask Officer Emmer any question that they saw fit. We cooperated fully and had Officer Emmer answered any questions that the prosecutors and the agents had. He went through the video with them frame by frame. The only two bodies that have thoroughly investigated this case, the Hamilton County grand jury and the United States, both reached the same conclusion. There is simply more to this case than a video.”
The two officers were fired, but no criminal charges have been brought.
They are trying to get their jobs back.