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Board Votes to Fire Whistle Blower Cop by 2-1 Vote

To see the document outlining the termination of Doug Taylor click: HERE


LAWRENCEBURG, IN (Angenette Levy) -- A Lawrenceburg police captain who claims to be a whistleblower was fired from his position Thursday after the city Board of Public Works and Safety voted to dismiss him by a vote of 2-1.

Capt. Doug Taylor admitted to attending a campaign event while he was on duty and in uniform in April 2011. Taylor ran for city council and won. He was charged with two felonies and later entered into a deferred prosecution agreement in which he agreed to resign from his council seat.

The charges will later be dismissed if Taylor stays out of trouble.

Three people comprise the Board of Public Works and Safety: city council members Aaron Cook and Bill Bill Bruner and resident Donnie Bryant. Bruner and Bryant voted to fire Taylor while Cook voted against the firing. All refused to comment following the decision.
    
"In my opinion we knew what was going to happen," said Richard Butler, Doug Taylor's attorney. "This was a political lynching. Mr. Taylor accused the mayor and each of the two votes to terminate him of committing multiple felonies."

Butler said Taylor exposed wrongdoing by Mayor Dennis Carr, police chief Gene Hunefeld, council member Bruner, BOW member Donnie Bryant and reported it to Indiana State Police and the FBI. An investigation is underway. The allegation includes Carr approving a 42% raise for Hunefeld without council approval.
    
Taylor had argued at an administrative hearing that other police officers had committed crimes and been hired by the Lawrenceburg Police Dept. or kept their jobs. Butler said the firing was payback for Taylor exposing wrongdoing by Mayor
   
"None of the other officers crimes involved dishonesty," city attorney Leslie Votaw said as she read from a prepared document outlining the Board's position. She added, "Committing a crime of dishonesty while on duty and in uniform as a police officer undermines the faith and credibility the public has in dealing with members of the LPD general and the office specifically."
    
More than 20 people attended Thursday's meeting to support Doug Taylor. Two Lawrenceburg city council members said Taylor should not have been fired.

"They have no guidelines, set guidelines if somebody does a certain thing that they lose their job or they're disciplined a certain way. What they do is they have a pick and choose system," councilman Mike Lawrence said. Lawrence said there are other city employees charged with crimes such as DUI who've been allowed to keep their jobs.
    
City council member Jane Pope said some city officials had launched investigations against her based on unfounded allegations. Pope said she was cleared. "They stoop low to do whatever they can to destroy you and try to get you off of city council," Pope said.
    
Mayor Carr refused to comment as he left Thursday's meeting. City attorney Leslie Votaw said during the meeting there was no evidence city officials will be arrested or indicted in the near future for crimes despite the ongoing investigations. Chief Hunefelds attorney denied there was any political motivation in seeking Taylors removal.
     
"His position from the outset has been that the seriousness of the conduct warranted dismissal and that's why he asked for it, attorney Jeremy Dilts said.
      
Taylor has 30 days to appeal the decision. He is considering filing a civil suit against the city.

To see the document outlining the termination of Doug Taylor click: HERE


VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w39PaRtla4M

 

 

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