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CPD Chief Bobby Dodd responds to video

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- A surveillance video obtained by Channel 3 has sparked a backlash from those on both sides of the incident.

In a hastily-called news conference Thursday morning, Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd addressed the media to explain how the Department initiated an Internal Affairs investigation after receiving video.

Even though CPD Officers Sean Emmer and Adam Cooley were not indicted by the grand jury, they violated the law, Dodd said.

No other officers will face discipline in this matter, according to Dodd. The third officer that struck Tatum used appropriate force in his opinion.

Dodd also said that the video and Emmer's audio presents clear evidence of excessive force, improper procedure. But they don't tell whole story, he said.

The internal investigation is closed, and no further discipline will be taken against any other officer Dodd said.

The FBI probe, which Dodd said he requested, is still open.

The video shows Adam Tatum, in custody at the Salvation Army Federal Residential Re-entry Center, initially resisting officers at the center.

As the situation escalated, Tatum was put in a headlock, tasered and then subdued by multiple blows from a police baton.

The Chattanooga Police Department had refused to release the surveillance video, citing an ongoing Internal Affairs investigation.

Adam Tatum's attorney, Robin Flores, obtained the video from the District Attorney by a court order.

Bryan Hoss, attorney for fired Chattanooga Police Department Officers Sean Emmer and Adam Cooley, said that the Police Department is in the post [Sgt Tim] Chapin era, meaning no officer assumes a suspect is armed with only one weapon, and they respond accordingly.

The video shows at least 12 CPD officers on scene for some of the blows administered at federal halfway house on June 14.

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