Three Decatur police officers who were fired and one suspended without pay last Thursday by Mayor Tab Bowling have appealed the decision to the personnel board. The firings and suspension came after the mayor had conducted disciplinary hearings with the officers who were involved in the death of Stephen Perkins.
The city still has not named the police officers, but a federal lawsuit filed by the Perkins family revealed the officers' names.
The internal case will go before a five-member personnel board appointed by the city council, which has yet to set the dates for a hearing.
The board's role is to review the mayor's decision and listen to the information provided by the officers, with questions asked and witnesses allowed.
Any potential criminal case for this incident is still being investigated by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) and, based on the findings from their investigation, will determine if prosecutors decide to bring charges against the officers.
1819 has contacted ALEA for comment but has not received a response.
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