Rogers Case Dismissed Against Former Sheriff Watson

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Former Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson said another lawsuit was dismissed against him.

He said it was an action brought by the family of Billy Joe Rogers against himself and sheriff employees. Rogers died after he was found unresponsive at the jail on April 28, 2016. 

It was dismissed by a judge in Circuit Court.

The former legislator and sheriff said, "This was one of many cases that contained false allegations that have been dismissed against me. It’s sad that we live in a time where it is so easy to file a bogus law suit without merit.

"As sheriff, of Bradley County I was elected to represent and serve the people of Bradley County in an unbiased and unprejudiced fashion, and I performed those duties as faithfully as possible.  Unfortunately, during my tenure, many false accusations were made against me and my administration, most of which were motivated with political intentions and personal gain.  This dismissal by the court system further vindicates my service.  I applaud the court for their action.”


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