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Red Bank Officers Face Termination

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By Antwan Harris
Eyewitness News Reporter

RED BANK, TN (WRCB) -- Attorney Robin Flores said he's not ready to throw in the towel just yet, after last month's botched bounty hunter incident involving James Mikel.

Corporal Rebecca Chauncey and Officer Bradley Hanon are on the chopping block after they received a notice of an internal investigation last Friday.

This came on the last day of Interim Police Chief Dan Knight's tenure.

"Instead of Dan Knight getting his final whack at these two officers, it should have been reviewed by the new police chief. And that is what stinks about this." says Flores.

Both officers said they received a letter stating Chauncey and Hanon participated in "Unauthorized activity, when they entered the home with the bounty hunter, even putting firefighters at the scene in "harms way."

"I was angry because you come beating on my door and there was such a rush to get this through," says Chauncey.

Chauncey says it's a retaliation move to being vocal about the former police chief's firing and her $1.5 million harassment lawsuit against Red Bank.

The city manager, Chris Dorsey, said that's just not true.

This is a matter of policy violation.

"Absolutely not. It wouldn't depend on who the officers were. This hearing is just related to the events of that day," says Dorsey.

The statement called for an immediate termination of both officers.

Hanon said it's a misunderstanding at best.

"We were operating on good faith with the information that was given to us. I think it is a slap in the face and it's ridiculous," says Hanon.

Both officers are on unpaid leave, and say they'll appeal the decision if they're terminated Thursday.

If necessary, Flores says he will appeal the second decision to the Hamilton County Chancery Court.

A third officer was placed on probation for six months and will receive additional training.

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