A Chattanooga police chief defended his officers on Tuesday after they were accused of shooting a man who had a knife.
The shooting was caught on video, and police released video of the incident Monday, after the suspect was taken into custody.
But the chief defended the officers’ actions, saying they were justified.
“I think that’s a question of fairness,” Chattanooga police Chief Larry Moore told reporters Tuesday.
“We’re not saying that these officers are bad or bad people.
Moore said the video shows that the officers didn’t have to shoot the suspect. “
What they have done was the right thing, and it’s not something that we condone.”
Moore said the video shows that the officers didn’t have to shoot the suspect.
The Chattanooga Police Department said officers in the area of Tennessee Avenue and Tennessee Street shot a man at the time the man attempted to throw a knife at them.
They said he reached into a backpack and began stabbing the officers with a knife, and the officers responded with what they described as “their own deadly force.”
Chattanooga police officer Ryan DeMora and his partner were shot in the leg during the shooting, but DeMoor was able to flee the scene.
Police said a man was taken to a hospital and released.
DeMoral said he believed the officers acted appropriately.
“The officers were very courageous and took a courageous decision to use lethal force on a man in an attempt to protect themselves,” DeMona said.
“It’s a situation that we had to handle with respect.
They’re still going to receive the benefit for their actions.” “
And that’s why we did what we did.
They’re still going to receive the benefit for their actions.”
He said he and his partners would not be back on the job after the shooting.
De Mora said officers are not paid to shoot people, but he said it was their job to protect people.
“When you are a police officer, when you are in a situation like this, you have to put yourself in danger,” he said.
De Mora said he would be in trouble for lying under oath about the incident.
The city has been rocked by protests over police shootings, including the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who died after being pinned to the ground by officers who said he posed a threat.
The Tennessee case is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.