Red Bank officer terminated, 2 suspended
Story by Antwan Harris
Eyewitness News Reporter
RED BANK, TN. (WRCB)-- A Red Bank officer will soon have a termination letter in her hands.
Corporal Rebecca Chauncey was one of two officers to face a disciplinary hearing last week.
She and Officer Bradley Hanon were involved in the unauthorized entry into a Red Bank couples home as part of a botched bounty hunting case.
Both told Eyewitness News if the termination was made official, they would appeal to Hamilton County Chancery Court if necessary.
Monday, Corporal Rebecca Chauncey received word of her termination.
Officer Hanon was given a 30-day suspension without pay.
We're told City Manager Chris Dorsey contacted Corporal Chauncey Monday afternoon to deliver the message.
Corporal Chauncey told me, she doesn't understand why she is being fired.
From a private investigator video, you can see Corporal Rebecca Chauncey searching the room and looking through drawers for clues.
What you don't see are any drawn guns or erratic behavior, accusations made by the city of Red Bank.
The clutter inside was the most conclusive evidence police could find to prove someone was indeed living in the house.
Attorney Robin Flores says none of footage suggested a fugitive was there.
"This video will show they are not the out of control police officers they are pegged to be," says Flores.
Eyewitness News sat with Chauncey and her attorney to see if she thought the accusations made in the letter she received last week were accurate.
Chauncey and Officer Bradley Hanon are accused of unauthorized behavior, and putting Red Bank fire fighters in harm's way.
"They were not going in gang busters. They even spoke to the Greys," says Flores.
Chauncey says the last week has taken a toll on her career.
She says the officers did have guns drawn before they went in the home, but put them away after seeing there was no threat.
She says now her career is in jeopardy.
"A police department will look at my application and say I don't want to hire her. Look what happened in Red Bank," says Officer Chauncey.
And personally, she says the last thing she expected was to go into the holidays unemployed.
"It's disheartening. The holidays are supposed to be a time for family and you're supposed to be happy and it's none of that for me this year. My family had a gathering and I didn't go," says Chauncey.
It is protocol for officers to go with a bounty hunter, but neither had the required warrant needed for entry to the house.
Chauncey says she will file an appeal in the next week, and in the meantime wait for the termination letter to arrive.
Officers Hanon and Massengale received 30-day suspensions without pay and six months probation.