Seattle Firefighter Fails To Win Job Back Despite Acquittal

Although he was acquitted of criminal charges in the alleged assault on homeless people last year, a former Seattle firefighter will not get his job back after an arbitrator determined he instigated the attack and then lied to police about it. The ruling by labor-management arbitrator and mediator Howell L. Lankford upholds the city’s firing of Bob Howell, one of two former firefighters who made headlines in March 2014…

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Cincinnati Fires Police Chief, Citing Leadership Concerns

CINCINNATI, OH – The police chief of Ohio’s third-largest city was fired Wednesday amid mounting criticism over his policing strategies and leadership, which the city manager said contributed to a toxic work environment. City Manager Harry Black announced the firing of Chief Jeffrey Blackwell in a memo to the mayor and City Council, saying Blackwell hadn’t provided the necessary leadership to ensure a “cohesive operating environment” within the department….

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Phoenix Police Chief Fired After Unauthorized Press Conference

PHOENIX, AZ – Embattled Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia was fired Thursday, hours after he held an unauthorized news conference where he said it was “time to silence the critics” and requested a two-year contract from the city. Unions representing Phoenix police officers sought a vote of no confidence in Garcia last month, alleging the chief had lost credibility with the officers in his charge. But City Manager Ed…

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