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Attorney for Adam Tatum, police beating victim, files post-conviction petition

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- The attorney for Adam Tatum says he and his client are looking to reach an agreement with the District Attorney's Office to overturn Tatum's assault charges. Robin Flores has entered a post-conviction petition on behalf of Adam Tatum. He says his client is confident as the case moves forward.

Channel 3 first showed you video taken from the Chattanooga Salvation Army's federal residential reentry center last June. It shows Adam Tatum being struck with batons dozens of times by Chattanooga Police Officers.

"When he broke my right leg, you could actually see the bone sticking out," says Adam Tatum.

Tatum says his injuries will affect him for the rest of his life.

"I'm going to walk with a limp permanently from the damage to my left leg."

Officers Sean Emmer and Adam Cooley were fired over the incident and are fighting to get their jobs back.

In the meantime, Tatum still sits in jail. He pleaded guilty to assaulting Emmer and Cooley after police and federal officers accused him of coming at Emmer and a third officer, aggressively with a knife.

"We allege that the guilty plea was involuntary and unknowing and based upon the facts that we allege, that his conviction should be set aside," says Robin Flores.

Flores has filed a post-conviction petition. Tatum says he never would have pleaded had he known the attack was caught on video.

"Both sides identify that there were some severe problems with the warrants written up by the police officers that were involved in this, which didn't put Mr. Tatum, at the time the defendant, on proper notice," says Flores.

Flores just wants justice for his client.

"It is a fair resolution all the way around. I commend the district attorney's office taking quick action once it was brought to their attention to resolve it in Mr. Tatum's favor."

Tatum is suing officers Cooley and Emmer, the police department, the City of Chattanooga, and Erlanger hospital for $50 million. Even if he succeeds he still has to serve the last 8 weeks of a federal sentence for armed robbery.

The petition hearing is being held Monday morning in Hamilton County court. Channel 3 will be there and will bring you the latest in the case.

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