Chattanooga, TN

Reckless Encounter: Roger Heard's Family Demands Justice

Lele Strickland

Attorneys for a 34-year-old man tragically killed during a fateful encounter with police are leveling serious allegations, asserting that the officers involved acted with reckless abandon.

In a heart-wrenching incident that unfolded at a bustling Speedway gas station on East 3rd Street in Chattanooga, Mr. Roger Heard Jr.'s life was abruptly cut short. He had been in the process of pulling away from a gas pump when an unmarked police vehicle abruptly blocked his path. What followed was a sequence of events that has left his grieving family demanding answers and accountability.

According to Attorneys McCracken Poston, Jonathan Grunberg, and Mark Begnaud, an undercover police officer, dressed in plain clothes but donning a tactical belt, rapidly approached Mr. Heard's vehicle, brandishing a firearm. The critical point of contention centers on the officer's claim that he had identified himself and displayed a badge—an assertion that remains unverified by independent sources.

In the chaotic moments that ensued, it is alleged that an exchange of gunfire unfolded between Mr. Heard and the officer, leaving both wounded. Tragically, as Mr. Heard lay incapacitated on the ground with his weapon out of reach, the officer continued to discharge his firearm, expending his entire ammunition clip and ultimately claiming Mr. Heard's life.

The grieving family and their legal representatives are resolute in their demand for the immediate release of all audio and video footage related to the incident. They argue that the available video footage already suggests a breach of Mr. Heard's constitutional rights by the Chattanooga Police Department. Disturbingly, the attorneys have uncovered a concerning history of aggressive and dangerous behavior associated with the officer responsible for Mr. Heard's death.

"While our independent investigation into this deadly police shooting is ongoing, it is clear even at this early juncture that officers with the Chattanooga Police Department acted recklessly when they served an arrest warrant on Mr. Heard at a busy gas station," the attorneys assert. They emphasize that the officers made a series of aggressive and irresponsible tactical decisions, resulting in the violation of Mr. Heard's constitutional rights.

The incident, which unfolded in a crowded gas station, exposed bystanders to unnecessary danger. The family of Mr. Heard is resolute in their call for a transparent investigation and public accountability. Their goal is not the loss of any more lives—neither that of Mr. Heard, a cherished son and father, nor the officer involved.

The citizens of Chattanooga are left grappling with crucial questions about the conduct of plainclothes officers in unmarked vehicles and whether such confrontations align with the training and protocols of the Chattanooga Police Department. They also deserve answers regarding the decision to continue shooting a man already incapacitated, wounded, and devoid of any weapon.

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