Huntsville City Council Votes to Give Job Back to Fired Police Officer

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - WHNT News 19 has confirmed the Huntsville City Council has voted to give a fired police officer his job back.

P.J. Lee was fired after an Internal Affairs Board ruled he had used unnecessary force during an incident in December of 2011.

The City Council voted 3-2 during Thursday's meeting to give Lee his job back. 

Councilmen John Olshefski, Richard Showers, and Bill Kling all voted against upholding the termination, reasoning Lee wasn't given a reprimand, warning, or even as much as a suspension following the incidents.

"Since we have not done anything to assist in the behavior management of this officer, I feel compelled to give him a second chance," argued Showers.

Council President Mark Russell and councilman Will Culver voted to uphold the Huntsville Chief of Police's decision.

All of the members agree Lee will have to undergo extra training as well as a probationary period before he can return to the field. The specifics will be decided at the next council meeting.

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