An arbitrator has decided that a police officer has to be reinstated, even though he violated several police policies and procedures during the killing of an unarmed motorist.
The Fort Pierce, Florida City Attorney announced that Sergeant Brian MacNaught will be reinstated with pay and benefits no later than June 1st, 2018, reported WPBF.
MacNaught was one of the 2 cops fired after Demarcus Semer was fatally shot during a traffic stop on April 23, 2016.
As usually happens when police kill unarmed people, a grand jury cleared both officers of any criminal wrong doing. However, months after the decision, both men were fired following a 7 month investigation that concluded they both violated several police policies and procedures.
MacNaught, who appealed his firing, was accused of having an unauthorized body camera in his patrol car the night of the slaying.
The city attorney released a letter saying:
“The arbitrator found in essence that while the act was a violation, it did not rise to the level of a terminable offense. the arbitrator ordered that Mr. MacNaught be reinstated with back pay and benefits to begin no later than Jun 1, 2018.”
Fort Pierce Police Chief Diane Hobley-Burney told WPBF, “I have to respect what the arbitrator recommended and we will fulfill his recommendation.”
The chief also said she wants the community to know they’ve made several changes in the department since the killing.
Officers had to participate in de-escalation training, traffic stop training and now have body cameras.
“The tragic situation on April 23rd is embedded, it is a part of this department and the department’s history. We’ve learned and we’ve trained our officers in response to this situation to do everything in our power to assure a tragic situation like that would never occur again,” said Mobley-Burney.