Russellville, AL – An Alabama police officer was suspended after he refused to show preferential treatment to a city councilman’s friend, according to the officer’s attorney.
That officer was reinstated to full duty on Monday night.
Officer Brett Evans was placed on suspension after he stopped a man who was driving with a revoked license on Nov. 6, WAFF reported.
Officer Evans’s attorney, Tony Hughes, said the man Officer Evans pulled over contacted Russellville City Councilman Arthur Elliot during the traffic stop.
The councilman asked Officer Evans to let the man go, but Evans refused, Hughes told WAFF.
“The following night, there was a city council meeting,” Hughes explained. “That councilman made a motion to terminate Officer Evans from the Russellville Police Department because he didn’t drop the charges against somebody who we contend was his friend.”
The council voted to suspend Officer Evans for 14 days, pending an investigation, the Franklin County Times reported.
Numerous Russellville citizens attended the meeting, and expressed their concerns about unfair treatment from the Russellville Police Department. Some shared stories of “alleged wrongdoings,” the Franklin County Times said.
“Due to the ongoing investigation, I can’t make comments regarding the nature of the allegations, but they are trying to determine if those allegations are warranted,” Mayor David Grissom said at the Nov. 6 meeting.
When the city council met on Monday night, five members agreed to reinstate Officer Evans to full duty, WAFF said.
Councilman Elliot abstained, but declined to explain why, WAFF reported.
Hughes said he is continuing to investigate the incident, and that he plans to report his findings to the ethics commission in Montgomery.
Officer Evans is expected to return to work soon.
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