Fired Officer Appeals Second Recommendation of Termination

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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) - Greg Scoggins was fired from the Muscle Shoals Police Department after being accused of shooting a deer while on duty. Now he has appealed a second recommendation that he be terminated.

Muscle Shoals Mayor David Bradford upheld the termination, then the case went before the city's Civil Service Board.

The five-member panel also voted to uphold Scoggins' firing. Now, Scoggins' attorneys have appealed that decision.

Scoggins' attorneys say their client deserves another chance to plead his case.

“We are not asking for special treatment.  We are asking for fair treatment,” said one of Scoggins’ lawyers, Johnnie Franks.  “Then how the gauntlet falls, may fall.”

Colbert County court documents outline five counts which attorneys contest in the appeal.

First, attorneys say the five members sitting on the civil service panel were biased.

“None of the members would affirm on the record they could be impartial, is a grave injustice to Greg Scoggins,” said Franks.

According to the paperwork filed, the Civil Service Board was only deciding whether to uphold the termination.  Attorneys did not have to prove guilt.  So, lawyers say a vote behind closed doors is unconstitutional.

“With that being on the record, Marcel Black's argument that this was a quasi-judicial forum which would allow executive session voting, is going to fail, is completely in violation,” said Franks.

Now it’s up to a judge to decide whether Scoggins can make his case one more time.

Attorneys say the punishment of being fired is too harsh for Scoggins’ actions.