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POLICE QUOTAS LAWSUIT
Lawsuit: Police forced out officer over illegal quota claim
COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee police department is accused of forcing an officer to resign because he complained about an illegal quota system.
News outlets report former Collegedale Police Officer Robert Bedell filed the lawsuit last week against the city, its manager and police Chief Brian Hickman.
The lawsuit says the department required officers to make 25 enforcement actions and 100 patrol activities each month starting in December. Enforcement actions include arrests or citations. Bedell claims failure to meet the quotas would result in a write-up.
Bedell says he questioned whether the system was legal and later was told to either resign or be fired.
Collegedale City Commissioner Ethan White called for a formal investigation Thursday.
The lawsuit is seeking $500,000 in damages.
West Virginia pair convicted of robbing elderly in Tennessee
(Information from: WVLT-TV, http://www.volunteertv.com/)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two West Virginia residents are facing life in prison after they were convicted of robbing elderly retirees at gunpoint in Tennessee.
WVLT-TV reports , Josh Small and Joni Amber Johnson were found guilty on Wednesday after a three-day trial in Knoxville federal court.
According to the indictment, Small and Johnson committed home invasions of elderly Tennessee residents. The pair tied up the victims, held them at gunpoint and stole their valuables, which they later sold to pawn shops in West Virginia.
Small worked paving driveways, often for retirees and the elderly who paid cash for the work. Some of the victims were his customers.
Sentencing is later this winter.
ENDANGERED CHILD ALERT
‘Endangered’ children from Tennessee located in Minnesota
WALKER, Minn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says three young children who were the subject of an Endangered Child Alert have been found in northern Minnesota.
The bureau said Friday the children were found in Cass County with their non-custodial parents, who have been arrested.
Authorities say 6-year-old Analia Essex, 2-year-old Abigail Christian and 1-year-old Michale Christian went missing under suspicious circumstances Tuesday and were believed to be with their parents, who are not legally allowed to have the children.
No other details were immediately provided.
POLICE OFFICER RAPE-LAWSUIT
Ex-officer accused of rape cover-up subpoenaed by grand jury
(Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com)
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A federal grand jury has subpoenaed a retired Tennessee police officer accused of helping to cover up a rape allegation against another officer.
The Times Free Press reports retired Chattanooga police Capt. Pedro Bacon was subpoenaed to appear before the jury in April. Bacon and retired Assistant Chief Edwin McPherson are accused of helping suppress allegations against former Officer Desmond Logan, who’s accused of raping detained women.
The women say they notified police, but an official probe wasn’t launched until the county sheriff was notified. One woman is suing Chattanooga, which filed a motion to dismiss.
McPherson now works for University of Tennessee’s police, which fired Logan in 2016 after he was accused of harassment. McPherson hung up on a reporter who called to ask if he was also subpoenaed.
SENATE 2020-TENNESSEE-THE LATEST
The Latest: US Rep. Mark Green won’t pursue Senate seat
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee’s U.S. Rep. Mark Green is the latest Republican contender to say he won’t run for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2020.
Green made the announcement Thursday, shortly after former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam declared he wouldn’t run for the position being vacated by Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander.
In a statement, the 54-year-old Green said his top priorities at the moment are ensuring President Donald Trump gets reelected and winning back Republican control of the U.S. House.
Green raised eyebrows last year when he challenged, without evidence, the science behind vaccines. Green also claimed that the federal government was hiding information about the negative side effects of vaccines. Green, who is a physician, has since walked back his comments.
Spanish-language reporter released from immigration custody
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Spanish-language reporter who has been facing deportation since his arrest while covering an immigration protest in Tennessee has been released from custody as his case proceeds.
Southern Poverty Law Center attorney Gracie Willis said Manuel Duran was released Thursday from an Alabama detention center on $2,000 bail.
The El Salvador native was arrested while covering an April 2018 rally protesting immigration policies in Memphis. Protest-related charges were subsequently dropped, but he was picked up by immigration agents after he was released from jail and detained.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has said Duran was taken into custody because he had a pending deportation order from 2007 after failing to appear for a court hearing.
The Board of Immigration Appels reopened Duran’s case this week. Lawyers are pursuing asylum.