UPDATE: City councilwoman calls for investigation of CPD chief, several others in potential rape cover-up
UPDATE: City Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod is calling for further investigations into at least five Chattanooga Police Department officials, including Chief David Roddy, after a recent report by the Times Free Press that found two now-retired, high-ranking officers may have played a role in covering up years of rape allegations against a fellow officer.
After an investigation into rape allegations against former Chattanooga police officer Desmond Logan uncovered a potential link to retired Assistant Chief Edwin McPherson and retired Capt. Pedro Bacon in a potential cover-up, Coonrod called for her colleagues to initiate personnel investigations into at least five other officials who held positions in or related to the police department's Internal Affairs division at the time of the alleged incidents and investigation. Some still hold those positions.
"We need to do a thorough investigation from an outside agency of the whole department, because it seems like we're just piecemealing it," Coonrod said in a council meeting.
ORIGINAL STORY: Investigations into former Chattanooga police officer Desmond Logan found two now-retired, high-ranking officers may have played a role in covering up years of rape allegations against the fellow officer, according to sources with knowledge of the investigations.
The decorated officers — retired Assistant Chief Edwin McPherson and retired Capt. Pedro Bacon — and their potential roles in a cover-up are being looked into as part of ongoing investigations. Logan is under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and the FBI. He was previously the subject of an internal affairs investigation by the Chattanooga Police Department.
Officials believe McPherson and Bacon were involved in the suppression of records and emailed about their attempts to cover up the accusations, sources told the Times Free Press. However, digital footprints and emails that may confirm the allegations have been withheld for months by the city attorney's office because they are part of the ongoing federal investigation and criminal investigation by the sheriff's office, city attorney Phil Noblett said.
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