Assault case dismissed against Chattanooga police officer
A Chattanooga police officer remains on paid administrative leave, despite her assault case being dismissed from court Monday morning.
Cameka Bruce was arrested last Tuesday and charged with domestic assault after police said she punched her nephew Marcus Berry. The affidavit states Berry owed Bruce money on a late water bill. When she confronted him, the two argued and then it turned physical.
Now Bruce's case is dismissed and her nephew said he's disappointed.
"Really I was just disappointed. I was expecting more. It just set the example that police officers can walk around and do whatever they want to anybody," Berry said.
Berry said dismissing the case sets the wrong precedent for police. His aunt, Cameka Bruce, has been with the Chattanooga police force for more than 5 years. In court Monday, she admitted to punching her nephew but only after he lunged at her. Berry said he never lunged.
"He began choking me, we winded up on my car, we were rolling around, he was still continuing to choke me, and I was still continuing to punch him," she said in court.
Bruce said based on her training as a police officer, she responded as a police officer would in that situation. The two were arguing over money he owed on a late water bill. It's his house but Bruce was a co-signer on the bill.
The judge said the case belonged across the hall in Civil Court, not Criminal, saying it started as an argument about money and should never have escalated.
"$45 is what brought this family here to court, that is pathetic in my opinion," the judge said before dismissing the case.
Bruce chose not to comment on camera but said she's "moving on." Sgt. Wayne Jefferson with the Chattanooga Police Department said the internal affairs investigation is ongoing and that there's no timetable for when it will be done.