Cop accused of lying in shooting incident resigns, will receive back pay
BATON ROUGE – A fired police officer who successfully fought his termination on a technicality amid a controversial arrest has resigned from the Baton Rouge Police force, WBRZ learned Friday.
Yuseff Hamadeh was fired following an investigation into an altercation he had with an individual during a traffic stop in August. Hamadeh claimed the person he was chasing shot at him during the stop and he had to return fire. The man was arrested but an internal investigation by the police department found Hamadeh’s body camera and in-car camera were not recording during the incident.
Audio from the police unit's rearview camera and video from a neighbor's home did not align with Hamadeh's account of events.
Hamadeh was fired but in January, the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board overturned his termination. The board said proper protocols were not followed during a lie detector test.
The police department said it would appeal the decision.
BRPD confirmed Friday Hamadeh resigned from the force after reaching a settlement.
“The Department is not willing to take that risk. We believe it’s in the best interest of this community that Mr. Hamadeh is no longer policing the citizens and visitors of the City of Baton Rouge”, said Chief Murphy Paul.
The chief is also requesting that Hamadeh loses his state law enforcement certification.
Though, Hamadeh will not return to the force. His attorney confirmed Friday, Hamadeh has resigned. But, since the civil service board ruled in Hamadeh’s favor, he is entitled to back pay between the time he was suspended or fired until he submitted his resignation.
An exact dollar amount was not immediately available.
Hamadeh made about $48,000 in 2018, including over-time.
“I don't know what is next for him career wise. He is currently working in the private sector,” the attorney said in a statement to WBRZ.
Baton Rouge Police said in a statement it submitted a request to revoke Hamadeh’s certification and entry into the Louisiana Uniform Law Enforcement Statewide Reporting database.
“The Department is not willing to take that risk. We believe it’s in the best interest of this community that Mr. Hamadeh is no longer policing the citizens and visitors of the City of Baton Rouge," Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul said in a statement.
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