A former Chattanooga councilman accused of domestic assault against his boyfriend has had his case dismissed in General Sessions Court.
Special Judge Cris Helton dismissed the charges after having a quiet discussion with former councilman Chris Anderson, 38, and Gabriel Chambers, 21, who was also charged.
Both men had left the courtroom for at least 45 minutes before re-entering, and heading straight for the bench. Judge Alex McVeagh had been presiding, but he stepped off, while noting that Anderson was formerly his councilman.
After dismissing both cases, Judge Helton looked at both men and wished them luck.
Attorney Lee Davis, who represents Anderson, said afterward, "Today’s case was dismissed by the state because there was no proof to indicate who was responsible. With cross warrants against these two individuals and no proof, a dismissal was warranted."
According to the police, Anderson and Chambers were watching TV together, when Anderson used a “slang term” that Chambers did not like.
The two men began to argue, and at some point, it turned into a physical altercation. Chambers supposedly jumped on Anderson and struck him in the face several times.
Anderson then grabbed Chambers on the wrist in order to prevent Chambers from hitting him more, and then he ran out of the residence and called the police.
According to Chambers though, Anderson was the one who initiated the altercation. According to Chambers, Anderson jumped on him and started to hit and choke him. Chambers claimed to only hit Anderson in self-defense.
Both Anderson and Chambers were charged with domestic assault.
Anderson was the first openly LGBTQ+ individual to be elected to Chattanooga’s city council.
He served on the council from 2013 to 2017.