Arab police officer placed on administrative leave pending felony investigation

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ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — An Arab Police Officer is on administrative leave pending a felony investigation with the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office.

Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston says Michael Tyler Thomas was placed on leave Wednesday. He says Thomas has not been charged with anything, but the investigation is ongoing. “It was something that happened while he was off duty and outside of our police jurisdiction. But since he was an officer with us and it’s involving a felony investigation, we spoke with our attorney and our mayor and decided to put him on administrative leave,” Chief Ralston says.

Chief Ralston says Thomas worked as a dispatcher for some time and was going to attend the police academy. He has since been pulled from that, pending the results of the investigation.

Although Thomas has not been charged, the department says it felt it was necessary to put him on administrative leave for the time being. “With any kind of felony investigation pending we didn’t need him to be involved in the police department for liability reasons,” Chief Ralston says.

Details surrounding the investigation are not being released because it is ongoing.

The department says when the situation has an outcome, it will take the appropriate action necessary in that situation.