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Alderman Acted Like Police Officer Before

Posted: 10:22 AM, Jul 08, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-08 14:31:00-04

A Manchester alderman was warned by the Coffee County district attorney to stop acting like a police officer last year.

Alderman Tim Kilgore is currently under investigation for his actions during last month's deadly police chase that ended in Rutherford County.
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Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott said he received at least two complaints last year from people concerned about Kilgore acting like an officer.
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Northcott said he met with the alderman and told him to stop.
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One of the complaint was from Ryan Rigney.
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"I don't think he should be out playing police officer," Rigney said.
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Rigney said he was caught off guard when Kilgore pulled his black Cadillac behind his jeep last year.
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"I looked behind my vehicle and I saw him back there with the lights flashing, and he had actually physically blocked the vehicle beside mine, as well as mine in the parking lot," Rigney said.
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Rigney said the flashing lights were yellow, but Kilgore ordered him to stay in his jeep.
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"I felt like I was detained in an unlawful way by someone abusing their authority," Rigney said.

He was so upset he complained to Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott.
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Northcott said he met with Kilgore last year and told him to stop.
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This week, Kilgore defended turning on the lights to his car and reaching speeds of 75 miles an hour -- and talking to Manchester police on his radio -- during a high speed chase that ended in the death of woman in Rutherford County.
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"I'm not going to get in the way of the police department," Kilgore said. "They know what they are doing. I have full confidence in them."

KIlgore also said he did not have police replica blue lights on his vehicle.
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But when we asked him to turn on the lights they appeared to flash red and blue above the windshield.
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It is illegal for a civilian to have flashing red and blue lights on their car.

Rigney said he was surprised when he saw our story that Kilgore's car actually had red and blue lights.
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"Everything about him pointed to 'I'm law enforcement. You have to listen to me. You have to do as I say,'" Rigney said.
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The district attorney said he saw our story Wednesday and thought the lights on his Kilgore's vehicle were blue and red.
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That is a misdemeanor.

But it is still under investigation.