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Oakland mayor defends former police chief following indictment

OAKLAND, TN (WMC-TV) - Three West Tennessee officers have been charged with faking the death of a drug dog.  Herbert Brewer, Robert Tisdale and Billy Usselton were indicted this week on charges of filing a false police report and insurance fraud.

Tuesday, Oakland Mayor Bill Mullins said he feels sorry for former police chief Bob Tisdale, saying he didn't do anything wrong.

"We have a reputable town and have had a top notch police department for years, and the credibility goes to Chief Tisdale," Mullins said.

Mullins said he would stand behind his former police chief..

"Bob has filed no report to nobody.  This is what Bob told me, and I have no reason not to believe it," he said.

The officers are in trouble for supposedly collecting $5,000 on a police K-9 that was said to have been killed in Hardeman county while training.  But after the investigation began, it was discovered that the dog was still alive.

"I do understand that the dog is alive and these two are probably guilty of it - Chief Bob Tisdale had nothing to do with it," Mullins said.

Mullins said he talked to Tisdale shortly after he being indicted on Monday.

"Naturally he's upset, but I know he's not guilty of anything," he said. "He knows he's not guilty of anything," he says.

And as details continue to surface in the case, Oakland's mayor said he's ready to get to the bottom of the whole thing.

"It's a mess that's being deliberately done along with other things, and it'll all settle down," he said.

Tisdale, Brewer and Usselton are scheduled to be arraigned at Wednesday morning at the Fayette County Justice Center in Somerville.

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