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DA Pulls LPD Assistance

District Attorney Bryant Dunaway has pulled his office’s support to the Livingston Police Department’s efforts to inventory its evidence room.
Dunaway made the decision following the Board of Mayor and Aldermen’s decision to suspend Police Chief Greg Etheredge for three weeks and impose a six-month probation period on June 6.
In an email to Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes the next day, Dunaway said he had hoped to see a change in department leadership at that meeting.
“After the Board of Alderman’s decision last night to not make a change in leadership, I have instructed my staff to not be involved in further inventory efforts at LPD,” Dunaway said. “I don’t feel comfortable exposing my office to the situation. The status of the evidence at LPD is in a terrible condition.”
Dunaway said following Etheredge’s initial suspension after the release of a Tennessee Comptroller’s Office investigation that highlighted the mismanagement of evidence and alleged improprieties in the use of the town’s drug fund, he provided two staff members to help the police department process its inventory room.

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