Attorneys Appeal Former Officer’s Termination, Accuse Others of Misconduct

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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) - The fired Muscle Shoals police officer has one last chance to get his job back.

Greg Scoggins was terminated after investigators say he shot a deer, while on duty.

Attorneys for Scoggins have filed an appeal to the Civil Service Board.

Scoggins' lawyers also sent a letter to the panel, accusing other police department employees of misconduct, without facing any repercussions.

According to the letter, Scoggins he is just one of several officers on the Muscle Shoals Police Department who violated the department's policy for good conduct while on duty.

According to Scoggins’ attorney, Johnnie Franks, the city wants to make an example out of Scoggins, however the precedent has already been set.

“Not one of those officer were reprimanded, given administrative leave, not to mention they were not terminated,” said Franks.

In a letter to the Civil Service Board, Scoggins' lawyers outline five different occasions they say raise red flags, in regards to behavior and the subsequent punishment.

“I`m saddened that this issue, that is not that big of an issue, in regard to the crime, but this issue has become such an ordeal, and someone’s livelihood has been stripped from them for an act of lapse in judgment,” said Franks.

During a review meeting with Mayor David Bradford, Scoggins apologized for his actions, and even offered to take any position available with the department in order to keep his job.  However, Mayor Bradford upheld the termination.

“I really felt he was weighing the issues, however the letter was delivered so quickly, he had decided that day when we had the meeting already,” said Franks.  “Nothing we said or did swayed his opinion one way or the other because the letter was delivered shortly thereafter.”

Now the Civil Service Board will make the final decision whether Scoggins will put on his uniform again, as an officer of Muscle Shoals.

Muscle Shoals Mayor David Bradford was out of the office and was unavailable to comment about the contents of the letter.

The Civil Service Board will meet on Thursday, January 17 at 2 p.m.

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