Man Sues Police After Tussle Over Photos

Arrested for shooting pictures of crime scene that damaged his property


A man has filed a lawsuit against the Chattanooga Police Department seeking $400,000 in damages after he said he had to undergo surgery to repair his rotator cuff after police handcuffed him for trying to take pictures of a crime scene.

According to a lawsuit filed in federal court, Greg Luther said he was standing on his front porch in St. Elmo on Dec. 4 and was about to take pictures of a car crash that damaged his fence and retaining wall. That's when Officer Brian Blumenberg yelled to him that he could not take photos because it was a crime scene.

A second officer, Casey Cleveland, is also named in the lawsuit because he assisted Blumenberg.

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