CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- A Chattanooga Police Department school patrol officer was fired after police said she attempted to steal relief items for the March 2 tornado victims from a church.

Kristina Hopkinson, 27, who is not a sworn police officer, was fired earlier this month, according to a police internal affairs report released this week.

On March 8, Hopkinson and two other women loaded the items into her car at Greenwood Baptist Church, a disaster relief site, according to the report. She was still wearing her city-issued uniform, the report stated.

Hopkinson, who hopes to be a police officer, said the incident was a misunderstanding. She said she is appealing the termination.

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