Officially, the City of Lubbock is not saying if it will appeal the decision of an arbitrator to re-instate fired police officer Chris Hennsley. But sources close to the situation say Council members did ask staff on Wednesday to do research in preparation to appeal.
"It's a personnel matter," said one official who did not wish to be named. Council met behind closed doors on the Hennsley matter, according to the meeting agenda.
Hennsley was fired in 2010 amid allegations of excessive force during a traffic stop. He's accused of kicking a man in the abdomen, tazing a fellow officer by accident and not properly handling his weapons.
Hennsley admitted mistakes during an arbitration hearing in August but claimed he should not be fired. The arbitrator ruled that Hennsley could go back to work with a 15-day suspension on his record. Fifteen days was the maximum sanction the arbitrator could give Hennsley short of upholding the decision to fire him.
It was not clear on Wednesday if Hennsley is back on duty or if he has to wait for the appeal process.
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