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Off duty cop suspended for pushing over 71 year old Wal-Mart 'greeter'

CCTV:A veteran Chattanooga police officer is off the job for one month. Investigator Kenneth Freeman got the worst punishment short of firing after shoving a 71-year-old Wal-Mart greeter.

Investigator Freeman has been suspended for 28 days without pay and must go through anger management. His conduct was found unbecoming an officer, improper procedure and excessive force.

Freeman was off duty on Christmas Eve shopping in the Collegedale Wal-Mart. A short 71 year old greeter in khaki pants named Bill Walker asked to see Freeman's receipt before he left. The police report indicates Freeman, in the black and red jacket walked past the greeter when he wanted to check his receipt.

The alarm went off and the greeter ran after Freeman and grabbed him with his left arm. The overhead camera from the door leading outside shows Freeman shoves the greeter about six feet, off his feet Walker hits the back of his head just past the soda machine.

The police report says customer Gholam Ghassedi walked back in and told Freeman "you can't push an old man over." Ghassedi grabs Freeman and the Chattanooga officer shoves him into the glass door, forcing the emergency release.

We called Freeman and he would only say no criminal charges would come from this. The department says his punishment is serious.

We askes specifically, when you look at the punishment or discipline received here, clearly from the department this is something treated very seriously? Sergeant Jerri Weary said, "Yes, behavior of a police officer is looked at and according to our policy he was in violation of those policies."

After the unpaid suspension, officer Freeman goes into anger management courses, retraining on excessive force and verbal judo, which is use of language to extract information but avoid a physical confrontation.

Also, three weeks ago, Freeman's attorney Stuart Brown called this complaint frivolous. But the greeter's wife says this isn't over.

*Also attached is the news report.

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Added: Jan-28-2009 
By: jdischord
Tags: Off, duty, cop, suspended, for, pushing, over, 71, year, old, Wal-Mart, 'greeter'
Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States (load item map)
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