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Due Process Violated When New Charges Added After Hearing

Adam Procell is a sergeant with the Baker, Louisiana Police Department. When Procell and another officer responded to an alarm at a Baker charter school, they found an open door but no signs of criminal activity. As they were exiting the building, they heard approximately ten gunshots appearing to come from a distance of roughly 50 yards. Upon requesting backup, Procell was informed that a window had been shot…

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Brady Does Not Allow Employer To Fire Officer Without Providing Reasons

The Borough of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Local 776 of the Teamsters Union are parties to a labor contract covering police officers. In March 2017, the Borough’s Police Department referred a criminal investigation involving an officer (referred to only as “Grievant”) to the district attorney’s office. The District Attorney began an investigation, and eventually sent a letter to the police chief. The letter read in part: “As you are aware,…

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Employer Must Provide Information Before, Not After, Loudermill Hearing

The town of Auburn, Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Coalition of Police are parties to a collective bargaining agreement. One of the members of the Coalition is dispatcher Maureen MacLean. The Town begin investigating MacLean about a call she took on July 11, 2017. The investigation expanded into MacLean’s conduct on other calls and resulted in MacLean being placed on administrative leave. As the investigation proceeded, the Coalition requested a…

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