BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Former Baton Rouge police officer Yuseff Hamadeh appealed his termination Thursday.
The Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board moved to grant a motion for summary disposition based on the fact that Hamadeh was denied counsel during the polygraph test. This means Hamadeh can get his job back, but this decision can still be appealed by the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Technically, Hamadeh’s firing has been overturned, but he is still not employed with BRPD because the new ruling can be appealed.
The Baton Rouge NAACP released a statement Friday after Hamadeh won his appeal. It reads, in part, "We are deeply troubled and disappointed that the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board would find any justifiable reason to reinstate Officer Yuseff Hamadeh.
It is without question that Chief Murphy Paul acted in high moral standards by firing Officer Hamadeh, and he continues to present high moral standards by appealing the decision reached by the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board.
We ask that our leaders, elected officials, and fellow advocates work toward ensuring that Officer Hamadeh never again has a chance to fire at an unarmed citizen of Baton Rouge, nor lie about his behavior. We firmly believe Officer Hamadeh’s misguided morality and blatant disregard for the ideals and principles officers of the law are charged with upholding yields him unfit to serve our city."
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Hamadeh was fired late last year after an internal investigation uncovered evidence that contradicted his statements about being shot at during a chase.
Those statements led to attempted murder charges filed against a man, but they were eventually dropped.