Eric Werner, 31, was fired after providing false statements in an internal investigation regarding a 2007 incident in which Werner struck a suspect.He struck someone - on the job - and lied about it, and he is to reinstated after a 30 day unpaid suspension. Why does that sound bad?
Earlier this month, the Seattle public Safety Civil Service Commission agreed that Werner lied, but ruled 2-1 that his punishment was too harsh compared with other officers in similar previous cases.
Of course it isn't the only time no real punishment was handed down.
They cited an officer who fired shots at a stolen car, misrepresented the facts and was not suspended for the incident. Another officer didn't notify authorities of discharging his service weapon and only reported it after learning of an investigation. He was not suspended, but instead received a disciplinary transfer with no loss of pay.Personally I don't think any one of them should be police officers.
In another case cited, an off-duty officer didn't report an incident in which her handgun was accidentally discharged and was given only 15 days suspension. An officer in a fourth case denied using any use of force and was contradicted by three witnesses, but received only a one-day suspension.