Delk identified as deputy in court incident

By BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
Posted 4/2/16

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has identified the deputy involved in Thursday’s skirmish in a Bradley County Justice Center courtroom.

 BCSO Deputy Gene Delk, who is reported to have …

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Delk identified as deputy in court incident

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The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has identified the deputy involved in Thursday’s skirmish in a Bradley County Justice Center courtroom.

 BCSO Deputy Gene Delk, who is reported to have been employed with the department since 2004, was the officer who reportedly was involved in a physical altercation in the Bradley County General Sessions courtroom.

Delk has been placed on suspension pending the outcome of the investigation.

Clevelandbanner.com was the first media outlet to report the officer’s identity early Friday evening.

The BCSO stated in a press release Thursday night the 10th District Attorney General’s office had been contacted. The DA’s office then asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to conduct a probe into the incident.

The Cleveland Daily Banner had attempted to get the name from 10th District Attorney General Steve Crump, but Crump refused saying his policy is not to release names “until I have confirmed that probable cause exists that a crime has been committed.”

“TBI investigations and the ongoing investigations of this office are not subject to public disclosure in any way,” Crump said in response to the Banner request.

He added the BCSO “... may release whatever they choose to release.”

Tennessee Press Association legal counsel Rick Hollow said there was no legal reason to withhold the deputy’s identity.

“Since the name of a law enforcement officer is a matter of public record, there is no reason to withhold it from the public unless there is an exception for that specific instance,” Hollow told the Banner in a late Friday interview.

He also noted all facts of the case, including the names, would become public record once the investigation has ended, regardless of whether the deputy is charged.

Contacted late Friday, Josh DeVine, spokesperson for the TBI, would only confirm the agency is involved in the investigation.

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