CLEVELAND, Ohio— A Cleveland police officer was fired Monday, months after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a domestic violence incident.

David Carpenter, 38, pleaded guilty in January to a charge of disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to one year on probation and ordered to pay $457 in fines and court costs.

Prosecutors initially charged Carpenter with domestic violence and unlawful restraint in the Feb. 14, 2020 incident.

Carpenter shoved a woman into a wall, according to court records. He also “caused” her to fall down a flight of stairs, according to his letter notifying him of his firing.

The woman suffered injuries, including bruising, court records say. Carpenter was intoxicated at the time of the incident, according to the letter.

Public Safety Director Karrie Howard said in a statement that police officials reviewed the case and decided to fire Carpenter.

Carpenter was hired as a Cleveland officer in 2015 and worked in the city’s Second District, in the near West Side.

Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Jeff Follmer criticized Howard for firing another police officer. Follmer in June called for Howard to be removed from office for firing 13 officers during his yearlong tenure as safety director.

Carpenter’s defense attorney Henry Hilow, who also represents the police union, said he expected to appeal the firing through arbitration.

“We had the hearing months ago, and he did everything he was supposed to do months ago, but the response by the city is to fire another officer,” Hilow said. “We’ll pursue remedies as we have in other cases where it’s been appropriate.”

From www.cleveland.com