Tenn. officer appeals firing over confiscated beer
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- A 19-year veteran of a Tennessee town's police department is appealing his firing after beer confiscated from minors was given to a fellow officer.
According to testimony at a Wednesday hearing, Cpl. Tim Horne was one of several Kingsport officers who responded to a party where there was underage drinking. Officers confiscated three full cases of Natural Lite beer and part of a fourth case.
The Kingsport Times-News reported that Horne admitted laughing at a comment that the beer should be given to another officer, although he denied making the comment. Later the beer was given to the other officer and Horne approved a report stating it had been destroyed. The officer who received the beer resigned.
Horne's attorneys said firing him was an overreaction.
Kingsport is in eastern Tennessee.