Jury finds in favor of city, officers Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at 3:09 p.m.
By Brian Lazenby Staff Writer
A jury in U.S. District Court today found two Chattanooga police officers and the city were not at fault during a March 16, 2002, incident in which a North Chattanooga man claims he was beaten while in handcuffs.
The panel of five men and three women deliberated about an hour and a half before finding in favor of the defendants.
Jeffrey Steven Myres filed the lawsuit against the city and officers Daniel Hooten and Thomas Buttry claiming that Mr. Hooten, who no longer is with the department, began harassing him after he filed a complaint with the Better Housing Commission.
Chattanooga attorney Jerry Tidwell, who represents Mr. Hooten, said he believes the evidence was clear in the defendants’ favor.