La. Police Ask Judge to Uphold Suspension of Officer Who Took Extra-Duty Pay


WBRZ News (Louisiana)

The Baton Rouge Police Department wants a judge to uphold the punishment of an officer the department claims took extra-duty pay while conducting traffic stops.

A petition made public Wednesday asks a state district judge to reverse a decision by the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board overturning Timothy Johnson's two-week suspension.

Johnson, 38, was suspended in 2001 after an investigation showed he billed several apartment complexes for working extra-duty security while making traffic stops for the Police Department.

The Civil Service Board deadlocked on the decision in November, but earlier this month overturned the suspension and instead gave Johnson a letter of reprimand.

The Police Department's petition claims that decision "was not made in good faith" and "was contrary to the evidence produced at the hearing."

Johnson is a uniformed patrol officer at the Third District police station on Coursey Boulevard. He did not return a call to the station Wednesday.

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