Fired police officer can get his job back, arbitrator says - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Fired police officer can get his job back, arbitrator says

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

An arbitrator has ruled that fired Lubbock policeman Chris Hennsley can get his job back.  The ruling is that Hennsley can be suspended for 15 days, but not fired.

Hennsley was fired in 2010 after LPD said he used excessive force during a traffic stop.  Hennsley was accused of several violations including kicking a man in the abdomen without first giving him enough time to comply with commands.  Hennsley was also accused of accidentally tazing a fellow officer in that same traffic stop.

The case went to arbitration in August.  Now that the arbitrator has made a decision, Hennsley's name is on Wednesday's City Council agenda for a behind-closed-doors discussion of "pending or contemplated litigation or settlement agreement."  Council will decide whether to accept the arbitration or appeal it.

Related Story: Arbitration continues for Lubbock police officer

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