UPDATE: Attorney for woman accusing former CPD officer of rape files amended lawsuit
UPDATE: An attorney for a woman, who says a Chattanooga police officer raped her, added two new names to a lawsuit in federal court.
Former Assistant Chief Edwin McPherson and Captain Pedro Bacon are now named in the amended suit, accused of covering up rape allegations against former Officer Desmond Logan.
In the amended lawsuit, the woman claims McPherson and Bacon had prior knowledge of Logan’s behavior in another case similar to the 2018 incident, as far back as 2015.
The lawsuit alleges McPherson and Bacon had email conversations with each other about how to cover up accusations against Logan.
The documents also allege a 2016 incident in which Logan is accused of attempting to sexually assault a woman while working at UTC. The suit says he even shocked the woman with his taser.
According to the lawsuit, this wasn't the first time McPherson had been accused of tampering with evidence.
The following is the amended version of the lawsuit:
A report from our partners at the Times Free Press is quoted in the court documents, which says McPherson intervened in a homicide investigation involving his niece back in 2012.
Channel 3 spoke with the plaintiff's attorneys Chris and Dominque Smith. They say the city needs to be held accountable for Logan’s actions.
The city of Chattanooga, whic represents Logan, told Channel 3 they can't comment on case developments, but will file suit in the near future.
McPherson declined to comment on the lawsuit and accusations.
A police department spokesperson told Channel 3, they were not aware of this suit involving two former officials; therefore, they could not make a comment at this time.
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ORIGINAL STORY: The attorney for a woman who says she was raped by a Chattanooga officer after he arrested her has filed an amended complaint to a lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims Officer Desmond Logan raped the plaintiff after arresting her on June 11, 2018 and that other officers, including high-ranking members of the Chattanooga Police Department may have covered up the allegations.
The suit says the plaintiff was placed in a room alone when taken to the Hamilton County Jail and was not allowed to speak to the magistrate.
The suit says the victim “repeatedly tried to tell the officers about the assault, but they would not listen to” the victim.
The amended version of the lawsuit accuses former Assistant Police Chief Edwin McPherson of covering up Logan’s prior misconduct.
It also states the CPD Chief David Roddy made false statements about when the incident was reported, while acknowledging that Officer Logan was the subject of an internal affairs investigation.
Here is the full lawsuit filed in federal court:
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