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East Ridge, Tennessee, Acting City Manager Kenny Custer has fired a police officer for having a sexual relationship with a high school student. An 18-year-old high school student. Officer Adam Rose, 29, met the girl at a grocery story where they both work. They both insist the relationship did not start until she was 18, and her mother reportedly said she was OK with the relationship. An internal affairs investigation found Rose had violated no laws or department policies and recommended no action be taken. But Custer said the Rose's actions were "contrary to the community standards."

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  1. Well, whether you agree with this firing or not, it seems that there are still *some* things a cop can get canned for doing.

    Does it go to arbitration now?

    1. Basically my thought. “This is what a cop gets fired for?!”

      1. Or mowing the lawn in your boxers.

  2. Was it the mayor’s daughter?

    1. More likely to be relevant:

      “Rose joined the department in August 2016. During the investigation he asked to have an attorney present during every interview, citing concerns about previous instances in which the department treated him unfairly. Earlier this year, the International Brotherhood of Police Officers got involved when Rose was kicked off the SWAT team for allegedly bringing up concerns about outdated equipment against Police Chief J.R. Reed’s orders.”

      What is outdated equipment for a SWAT team? What kind of “up-to-date” equipment was he yearning to use on the citizens?

      1. Baseball bats without barbed wire?

        1. Expired pepper spray? Gas masks that no longer functioned? Broken rifles?
          Stuff that never worked and was provided at twice market cost by the police chief’s cousin?

          I can see this going both ways with what little information we have.

          1. Bearcats, Apache attack helicopters and BMG’s for every officer. If he knew enough to bring a lawyer to every meeting, he knew he was on thin ice already. The one good cop being targeted by the rotten barrel or a bad cop they’ve been trying to find an excuse to get rid of? If we’re playing the odds I know where my money would be. He’s a 29-year old dating a teen-ager, we already know he’s got something wrong with him if he can stand being around a teen-ager for more than 5 minutes.

      2. old/broken body cameras?

  3. At least he has the grocery store job to fall back on.

  4. The police chief has also been suspended by the city manager and the whole police department might be a little wormy. There might be something else going on here, maybe a power struggle between the city manager and the police department and I wouldn’t bet on which side to cheer for.

    Bonus video of “Man gets tased below the belt, choked out by East Ridge police”.

    1. Custer’s last stand?

    2. Pray for a mutual take-out.

  5. Me too young!

  6. He gets older, and the high school girls stay the same age.

  7. Custer said the Rose’s actions were “contrary to the community standards.”

    Community standards dictate that you should date 18-year-old girls only after they have two kids from different men and are on the dole. Otherwise they’re too wholesome to be dating cops.

  8. Custer said the Rose’s actions were “contrary to the community standards.”

    Code for no public outrage from officer’s actions.

    Shooting unarmed people, shooting dogs, and using SWAT teams to raid homes of weed users is all within “community standards policy”, I am sure.

  9. I have a hard time believing the stated reason is the true reason for his dismissal. More likely it was a convenient excuse to fire him over something else. He must have stepped on a lot of toes.

  10. She is too young for sex, but old enough to kill a baby resulting from sex?
    She is a fully empowered woman, equal to men in every respect, but helpless if it involves deciding to have an orgasm or two?

    Have I got this right?

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