DA dropping deputy citation of firefighter, calling the case a waste of taxpayer money.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Knox County prosecutor Randy Nichols says he will ask a judge to dismiss a deputy’s charge against a firefighter, calling the case a waste of taxpayer money.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/O0htSX ) reported Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Wright cited Rural/Metro fire engine driver Matthew Clift on June 19, saying Clift blocked southbound Interstate 75 with the engine while acting as a first responder to aid victims of a car crash. Wright told Clift to move the truck, but Clift continued to aid injured people.
Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones and Rural/Metro Chief Jerry Harnish met with Wright and Clift. Harnish said it became evident that the crash scene was chaotic and there were misunderstandings.
Nichols said he told Jones he wasn’t interested in prosecuting a firefighter and doesn’t recall a case like this one.
ADDED: This is whats called “contempt of cop” in the legal business. I’m glad these charges were dismissed, now only if the DA will demand the Sheriff take disciplinary measures against this deputy. To ensure they won’t repeat this absurdity again.