Sheffield Officer Suspended After Arrest Incident
SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – A police officer in Sheffield has been suspended from duty for what the chief of police describes as not following department procedures.
Following an internal investigation, Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray is recommending the officer be fired for an incident involving a man’s arrest.
Ray tells us he’s limited in the details he can release pending a Sheffield Civil Service Board hearing.
Ray confirms the suspension stems from an incident involving the arrest of a resident in the early morning hours of March 2nd.
“I placed an officer on suspension pending my recommendation to the civil service board that he be terminated for violating the department`s use of force policy,” stated Ray.
Chief Ray said he can’t release the officers name since the incident is a personnel issue.
However, Colbert County attorney Billy Underwood confirmed Friday he is representing suspended patrolman Bobby Inman during his appeal process with the Sheffield Civil Service Board.
Underwood tells us Inman followed the Sheffield “Use of Force” policy during the arrest in March.
Underwood went on to say the suspect failed to comply with Inman’s orders after being pepper sprayed and stunned with a taser.
He explained it was only then did Inman pull out his service weapon and point it at the suspect.
“We actually have a video of the arrest and the supervisor brought it to my attention. After watching it I felt it did not fall within our use of force policy,” said Chief Ray.
No criminal charges have been filed against the officer at this time.
Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray said there has not been a formal citizen complaint filed with the department for the incident involving the officer.
Attorney Billy Underwood said Bobby Inman has filed for an appeal hearing with the Sheffield Civil Service Board, a date has not been set at this time.