Skip to comments.Bellevue police officer's firing overturned (Caption this picture!)
Posted on 03/18/2009 2:42:23 PM PDT by Parody
A former Bellevue police officer fired for being overweight could be back patrolling the streets in a few months.
Christopher Parent The Nebraska Court of Appeals, in an opinion released Tuesday, reversed the Bellevue Civil Service Commissions decision upholding the termination of Christopher D. Parent.
Parent, 52, had been a member of the Police Department for more than 25 years, mostly as a detective, but had been reassigned to road patrol. His firing stemmed from his performance during an Aug. 28 combat shooting exercise, which prompted fellow officers to report him to the command staff.
Parent was fired in 2007, after an internal investigation determined that he had not maintained a high level of physical, mental and emotional conditioning.
Bellevue Police Lt. Mark Elbert has said Parent, whose 2005-issued Nebraska drivers license listed him at 5-foot-9 and 300 pounds, was fired under a policy that requires officers to be physically fit.
The courts opinion states that under the Bellevue Police Department policy used to justify Parents firing, Parent satisfied the only objective standard imposed.
(Excerpt) Read more at omaha.com ...
He duty is to stake out by the river in a van.
His duty is to stake out by the river in a van.
Stick him on foot patrol. Make him walk himself back into shape.
Seriously, what would happen if this guy had to get in a foot chase with a perp and had a heart attack on the street?
Political correctness jumped the shark a looooooooong time ago, but this is ridiculous! Desk duty I can see, but on the streets? The bad guys must be cracking up!
I’d put him back on the street alright, walking a beat.
He weighs 3-400 pounds yet still bought a suit five sizes too large???? Does he plan on growing in to it?
He’ll be back on the street as soon as he comes off weight related disability pay.
i wonder why he was sent back to patrol.
excuse me mom & dad my eyes don’t work so well . . . is that william shakespeare?
I’m not fat, I’m big boned.
Well, he probably shops in the big & tall section. He’s only 5’9” so he’s just missing the tall part.
Based on this standard, I suspect there are a lot of officers who should also be fired even if they aren't as obese as this guy.
I suspect his reassignment to road patrol was a pretext to get rid of him. 5'9" and 300#s is way to much for a patrol officer, but shouldn't keep him from performing as a detective.
Centainly that is a weighty matter now off his mind!
Tip top shape.
Perhaps he could be Director of Midnight Basketball for the Hussein regime?
Maybe so they could try and get rid of him. It doesn’t seem to have worked too well.
In other words he realllllllllllly screwed the pooch on something. Me wonders what that was?????
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.