Two Chattanooga Police Officers Placed on Administrative Leave

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) – Chief Fred Fletcher, with the Chattanooga Police Department, says, "The majority of our 452 officers uphold the trust routinely."

However, two Chattanooga police officers, Karl Fields and David Catchings, may have violated the public’s trust.

That’s why they were put on administrative leave with pay following two separate incidents.

Chief Fletcher adds, "Employee misconduct of any type will not be tolerated by this police department or by me."

David Catchings, 34, was arrested Monday morning in the parking lot of Lakewood Baptist Church.

A Hamilton County deputy had reason to believe he was driving under the influence.

He was ultimately charged with that, implied consent law, and reckless driving.

Chief Fletcher says, "To be fair to all parties, including the investigation itself, it’s not appropriate to talk about the details right now."

Catchings, a major crimes detective, has been with the department since 2006, and according to Chief Fred Fletcher, has not had any other disciplinary action.

However, the second officer in trouble, Karl Fields, has a thicker personnel file.

Chief Fletcher adds, "He does have some disciplinary history."

Fields has been on the force for at least a decade, according to Chief Fletcher.

He recently got in trouble for in inappropriately contacting a victim of a crime he was investigating.

Chief Fletcher adds, "The very first thing I did when I heard about them was discuss them with DA Pinkston, discuss them with my staff and make sure we’re handling them as thorough as we can."

When Chief Fletcher thought the allegations could be criminal, he not only contacted the district attorney’s office, but also the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Now, the TBI has launched their own investigation into Fields.

Catchings already bonded out of jail and is awaiting his first court appearance on September 22nd.

Now, our records show the internal affairs division of the Chattanooga Police Department has investigated Fields half a dozen times.

Complaints include unbecoming conduct, conformance to laws, and showing up to a shooting in an untimely fashion.

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