Police attorney urges court to uphold firing of BR officer

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Posted: Dec 2, 2009 6:42 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Baton Rouge Police Department, Chief Jeff LeDuff, Cpl. Charles O'Malley, firing, Taser, judge, court

An attorney for the Baton Rouge Police Department wants a state judge to uphold the firing of an officer who used a Taser stun gun repeatedly on a handcuffed man suspected of swallowing drugs.

An attorney representing Cpl. Charles O'Malley says the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board acted properly in overturning Police Chief Jeff LeDuff's termination of O'Malley in lieu of a 90-day suspension without pay.

LeDuff fired O'Malley in June 2008 for violating several department policies, including use of unnecessary force and conduct unbecoming an officer.

The Civil Service Board overturned O'Malley's firing in June.

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