Video Shows Cop Shove Man Out Of Wheelchair, Ruled "Within Policy"
Chris | InformationLiberation
What does it take to get a police officer fired? Well, apparently shoving a disabled man out of his wheelchair then charging him with "felony battery against a law enforcement officer," a charge which was later dropped, isn't enough.
The entire Lafayette Police Department command staff recommended that Lt. Tom Davidson be fired for toppling a man in a wheelchair into the street last year, but the department's Civil Service Commission decided instead to issue a 30-day suspension and place the officer on supervisory probation for a year.
Lafayette Police Chief Patrick Flannelly made that revelation Tuesday as he released a video of the wheelchair incident, which took place Oct. 1.
"It was just inappropriate," Flannelly said of Davidson's behavior, adding that it was especially egregious given the lieutenant's status as the highest-ranking officer at the scene.
The five civilians on the commission agreed that Davidson had engaged in conduct unbecoming an officer. They disagreed, however, on the second charge brought against him, voting 3-2 that his use of force in response to resistance was in line with LPD policies.
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