Judge weighing whether fired Columbia police officer should get his job back


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COLUMBIA, Missouri — A Columbia police officer who was fired for shoving a prisoner in a holding cell is waiting for a judge to decide whether he should get his job back.

The Columbia Daily Tribune (http://bit.ly/1yv4SP4 ) reports that Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce has set no timeline for making a decision on former Officer Rob Sanders' employment. She heard arguments in the case Nov. 21. Sanders says he is confident Joyce will rule in his favor.

Police Chief Ken Burton fired Sanders in 2011 after he shoved a prisoner in a holding cell, causing serious injury. Sanders said he was following policies, but Burton said the use of force was inexcusable.

Sanders was acquitted of misdemeanor assault, and his attorney sued when the city manager didn't reinstate the veteran officer.

Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

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