Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is standing by Police Chief  Dodd's decision to fire former Officer's Emmer and Cooley.

"After carefully studying the opinion and considering our options with Police Chief Dodd and City Attorney Hinton, I have ordered the City Attorney's office to appeal this decision on the first day allowed (October 10).  I stand with Chief Dodd on his decision to terminate the officers' employment.  We must maintain the trust of our community, and I will not allow the actions of a few to tarnish the good work of so many officers who do their jobs the right way every day."

The judge who heard the Emmer and Cooley case issued a 30-page opinion on why the former officers should be rehired.

Mayor Berke has stated before that he disagrees with the judge's opinion. 

The judge also says Emmer and Cooley should get back pay, benefits and their seniority back. The city has until October 9th to file an appeal to the order, which is an option it is considering.