Federal Lawsuit Dismissed In Officer-Involved Shooting Of Javario Eagle

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Federal Judge Sandy Mattice has dismissed the lawsuit filed in the officer-involved shooting death of Javario Eagle on Dec. 12, 2015.

Attorney Jamie Parks Varnell of the firm of Davis and Hoss said, "Judge Mattice found the five Chattanooga Police Department officers’ use of deadly force to be reasonable in this case.

"The jury trial was set for May 8 and was scheduled to last for 12 days."

She said, "This ruling is long-awaited closure for the brave officers who put their lives on the line to protect Mr.

Eagle's daughter and others on scene that day. For two years, the actions these officers took on that day have been critiqued and criticized, and yet they have continued to serve our community. Now they can continue to do so knowing that their actions that day were necessary, brave, and undoubtedly saved lives." 

The suit named the city of Chattanooga, Police Chief Fred Fletcher and officers Jacque Weary, Christopher Palmer, Timothy Aaron McFarland, Lorin D. Johnston, Mitchell Moss and Allen Griffith.
 
It was filed by Katina Eagle, mother of Javario Eagle, and Auriana Williams, mother of his minor child.
 
District Attorney General Neal Pinkston earlier announced he would not file charges against the officers.
 
His office said, "An investigation conducted by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office found use of deadly force by officers Lorin Johnston, Allen Griffith, Tim McFarland, Mitchell Moss, Christopher Palmer and Jacques Weary was justified under T.C.A. 39-11-620 and T.C.A. 40-7-108 because Eagle refused repeated commands to surrender to uniformed officers and pointed a pistol at two officers and his young daughter."

Restaurants Of Yesteryear Featured In Chattanooga In Old Photos

Do you remember Roy Pepper's Porch, the Jolly Ox, Tomlinson's or George's Place? Those are some of the old-line Chattanooga restaurants featured in the upcoming book Chattanooga in Old Photos sponsored by Chattanoogan.com. The book, is being printed by College Press at Collegedale in a limited edition of 800 copies, includes some long forgotten eateries like the 4th Avenue ... (click for more)

Fort Oglethorpe Arrest Report For Oct. 5-11

Here is the Fort Oglethorpe arrest report for Oct. 5-11: 10-06-18 Kaleb Hale Parcel, 20, of 815 State Line Road, Chattanooga arrested for disorderly conduct. Christina Miller, 58, of 1422 Greenslake Road, Chattanooga arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, hands free violation and seatbelt violation. 10-07-18 Douglas Cody Gass, ... (click for more)

Why Are Joda Thongnopnua And Phil Bredesen Downplaying Their Democratic Values?

For the past several months, the Democratic Party has reached a tipping point. “Their Resistance” is to oppose anything and everything Republicans are doing to deliver a stronger economy and better economic opportunities for all Americans.  Yet, I find it very interesting that the public outcry we are seeing from the Democrats on a national level is nowhere to be found when ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Coach Who Said ‘No’

I couldn’t tell you the first time I met John Gagliardi … 30 years ago? 40? … and I never saw him nearly enough. He was a Division III football coach at some monastery of a place in Minnesota and that’s a long way from the Southeastern Conference. Our orbits rarely overlapped but somewhere down the line we were at the same table for dinner. Once that happened, it seemed like the ... (click for more)

Prep Soccer Teams Prepare For Post-Season Runs

The girls soccer post-season is upon us and several local teams will be playing for a spot in the state tournament next week in Murfreesboro.  DIvision II teams will play first round state games at higher seeds.   In Division II-A, CCS earned the top seed in the East on Saturday with a 2-0 region championship win over CAK. That win gives them a bye this ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: The Battle Captain Leads The Choir

"We don't give a damn about the whole state of Alabama, whole state of Alabama, whole state of Alabama. We don't give a damn about the whole state of Alabama....we're from Tennessee."   Those were the words that rang from the jubilant Tennessee locker room late Saturday afternoon, just a few minutes after the Volunteers had knocked off 21st ranked Auburn 30-24 and the ... (click for more)