In a recent arbitration award, Reardon, Joyce & Akerson, P.C. (“RJA”) successfully represented a Springfield police officer in connection with a five day suspension.
Prior to the five day suspension, the officer, who was not at that point a member of the Massachusetts Police Association Legal Defense Fund, had been suspended from his duties based upon various allegations, including that the officer had not been in proper uniform at the start of his shift. Without the benefit of the Legal Defense Fund at that time, the officer served the suspension.
Following that discipline, the officer joined the Legal Defense Fund.
Later, in 2015, the officer was working a private road detail in the City. At the time, the officer was carrying a radio and a firearm, but was not wearing a hat, badge, uniform shirt and was not carrying a baton, handcuffs or pepper spray. A supervisor who encountered the officer on that detail ordered the officer back to his locker at the station to retrieve those various items before returning to the detail.
The officer did as instructed. Thereafter, the officer was asked for a report concerning the matter and, after submitting his report, was issued a five day suspension by the appointing authority, the Police Commissioner.
The officer, now a member of the Legal Defense Fund, challenged the suspension before an arbitrator. [Read more…]