On Thursday, all the testimony wrapped up for a former Lubbock police officer who wants his job back along with back pay.
Former officer Chris Hennsley was fired in 2010 after LPD says he used excessive force during a traffic stop.
On Wednesday Lubbock police revealed that administration was concerned with his pattern of behavior. On Thursday Hennsley took the stand to testify in his own defense.
Hennsley admitted that he used bad tactics in some situations that took place the night of the traffic stop, but claimed his indefinite suspension was retaliation by former Chief Dale Holton.
Hennsley defended several unrelated write-ups and an unrelated three day suspension for excessive force.
"I feel that it was retaliation because I filed a grievance," Hennsley stated.
The City attorneys say Hennsley had several poor tactics the night of the incident:
The third time the passenger was tased, Hennsley also accidentally tased the other responding officer.
Officer Edward Day responded to the scene at the same time as Hennsley and testified Thursday as well.
Day is also seen on the video kicking, what Day called, an "aggressive" passenger. All other officers that responded to the scene including Day were exonerated from any wrong doing during this incident.
Jerry Staton, a training director and former Austin Police Detective testified on Hennsley's behalf and stated, "in my findings I have concluded that for the most part what Hennsley did in this case was understandable and that he was held to an unrealistic expectation."
He also testified that Hennsley, "had no justification for using a kick on the passenger." "He was not a threat and he was not going to resist," Staton said.
The arbitrator has 30 days from October 1st to make a decision.
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