CHATTANOOGA – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment of a former Chattanooga police detective on charges of tampering with evidence and official misconduct.
At the request of 11th District Attorney General Neal Pinkston, TBI Special Agents, with the assistance of the Chattanooga Police Department, began investigating then-Chattanooga police officer Karl William Fields on September 9, 2014. During the course of the investigation, Special Agents developed information that while Fields was investigating a rape case, he withheld evidence related to that investigation. Fields’ employment with the Chattanooga Police Department has since been terminated.
On Wednesday, the Hamilton County Grand Jury returned a two-count indictment charging Fields, 43, with one count of Tampering with Evidence and one count of Official Misconduct. Fields turned himself in at the Hamilton County Jail on Friday and was booked. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond.