Indiana officer back on job after hitting wheelchair-bound man

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
An Indiana police officer who hit a wheelchair-bound man, toppling him and his chair onto a street, has returned to work despite a department recommendation calling for his firing.

(From The Journal & Courier)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. An Indiana police officer who hit a wheelchair-bound man, toppling him and his chair onto a street, has returned to work despite a department recommendation calling for his firing.

Lafayette Police Chief Patrick Flannelly announced Wednesday that the department's entire command staff had recommended Officer Tom Davidson's termination.

The Journal & Courier reports Davidson used both hands to strike 25-year-old Nicholas Kincade in the shoulder Oct. 1, toppling him and his motorized chair onto a street.

That incident came after Kincade drove his wheelchair onto Davidson's foot and shin after being told to leave a charter school.

Although the command staff recommended Davidson's firing, a department commission suspended him for 30 days and put him on a one-year probation.

Davidson has completed his suspension and returned to work.


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