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Tennessee Administrative Law Judge Kim Summers Reinstates Two Fired Cops Who Broke Both of Adam Tatum's Legs

Discussion in 'Incidents of Police Abuse, Misconduct, Negligence' started by M, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. M

    M Muckraker

    How does one dump an administrative law judge a the state level? Neither the police chief nor the mayor wants these guys back.

    Original perps: Chattanooga Police officers Sean Emmer & Adam Cooley
    New perp: Administrative law Judge Kim Summers

    Victim: Adam Tatum

    Chattanooga Times Free Press: Judge orders Chattanooga police officers Emmer, Cooley reinstated; both were fired in beating of inmate (Sept 27 2013)

    It seemed like a slam-dunk case.

    A federal inmate with two broken legs -- including a compound fracture with bone protruding through the skin. One video showing police officers raining down dozens of blows on him. Then two police officers fired over what the chief called their use of excessive force against halfway house inmate Adam Tatum.

    But now an administrative law judge has ruled that former Chattanooga police Officers Sean Emmer and Adam Cooley should be reinstated with full back pay and benefits. The city should also pick up the tab for the three-day proceeding, the judge said.
  2. FliesWay2Much

    FliesWay2Much Original Member

    Use of an Administrative Law Judge tells me that this was some sort of internal hearing. An ALJ is a career civil servant and is neither politically appointed or elected. The article reads as if it was a personnel hearing to appeal their firings and get their jobs back. I'm not familiar enough with this case to know whether or not criminal proceedings were ever filed against the two cops. Certainly, there should be a civil trial, that, if we're lucky would financially ruin these two cops and their heirs for a couple of generations.
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Why not a criminal trial?
  4. FliesWay2Much

    FliesWay2Much Original Member

    ALJs adjudicate civil fines and internal matters usually on appeal from administrative procedures. They are most known to us as the Chief Kangaroos of the TSA Kangaroo Court. If you are a civilian and get picked up for speeding on a military base, a DOD ALJ will hear your case. I believe I am correct in stating that the IRS Tax Court is also presided over by an ALJ. You can appeal a Tax Court ruling into the regular courts if you don't like the ruling.
  5. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    fixed it.
  6. M

    M Muckraker

    Farmed-raise 'roo is delicious. The wild ones make great dog food.

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