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UPDATE: Appeal hearing will not be held for suspended CPD officer

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UPDATE: We're learning more about a suspended Chattanooga police officer who was allowed back on the job in March. The Chattanooga Police Department says there will no longer be an appeal hearing for officer Alex Olson. It was originally scheduled for next week.

Olson was suspended in February for using "improper use of force" after shooting a suspect. During the October incident, Olson fired four shots at a car after it crashed into his police vehicle. Olson served 30 days without pay, the maximum suspension allowed by the city.

Fellow officers and community members raised a total of $6,670 to help Olson and his family during the suspension.


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Officer Alex Olson was suspended last month for using "improper use of force" after shooting a suspect. 

During the October incident, Olson fired four shots at a car after it crashed into his police vehicle.

Olson served 30 days without pay, the maximum suspension allowed by the city.

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A Chattanooga police officer is serving his suspension of 30 days without pay and has filed an appeal with the city. Police Chief Fred Fletcher issued the suspension last week following an Internal Affairs investigation.

Fletcher says Officer Alex Olson used "improper use of force" for firing multiple shots at a suspect while he was driving away from the scene.
       
Officer Olson's lawyer says his punishment is not supported by federal law or policy, but Fletcher says it was a clear violation of policy.

But regardless of the legal issues involved, some of Olson's coworkers and community members are pitching in to support a police officer.

"I got out of my car, he threw it in reverse and came back at me so I fired a few shots at him," Officer Olson is heard saying during the October incident, taken from the police dash camera video.  

While Olson fights for an appeal, fellow officers and community members have been helping his financial loss.
     
A GoFundMe site shows people have donated more than $6,000, in just six days, to officer Olson and his family.

"I just knew that he needed this," said the creator, Investigator Curtis Penney, "He's a brother, he's a brother in blue and this is something that we do all the time and we wanted to ensure that he was taken care of."

Investigator Penney knows what it's like to be in a position similar to Olson's.
     
In the early 80's Penney's father, also a Chattanooga police officer, fired his weapon and was suspended.
     
Penney remembers his family struggling to make ends meet.

"When you have a big chunk of your salary that is missing, it changes things. you can't have all the luxuries and sometimes it was kind of scary and sometimes you didn't know if the lights were going to stay on."
     
Penney did not create the GoFundMe site to take sides, only to support a family that is currently living on no income..

"I wasn't interested and I'm still not interested in any of the legalities or policy violations," Penney said, "That has nothing to do with me. I'm just here to support a brother. That's it."

Penney says the goal was to raise $5,000 for Olson's family, but donations kept pouring in and they ended up collecting more than $6,000 from 122 different people.

Olson tells Penney it feels like a huge weight is lifted off his shoulders during his time suspended.

"They were actually wanting the account to stop just because it was actually so much money and they didn't feel right," Penney said, "And I think that just shows a lot on Alex's character as well."

The GoFundMe site supporting Officer Olsen is now closed after it reached its goal, but Penney says officers are still trying to raise money for an unrelated case.  
     
They're supporting Zoey Duncan, a one-year-old who was shot last month in Chattanooga.

Duncan may never walk and officers are trying to raise money to help with medical bills.

If you would like to help, just click here.

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