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Hearing officer: Suspended Schenectady cop should not be fired

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The Schenectady police officer who got into a loud argument with his girlfriend on a public street should not be fired from the force, Hearing Officer Jeffrey Selchick recommended. Selchick sent his 59-page recommendation to the city Monday. Today, Mayor Gary McCarthy said he did not plan to fight Selchick’s ruling. “I’m not going to appeal,” he said. “There is an appeal process, but the likelihood of any municipality prevailing — it’s stacked against us. ...

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June 19, 2012
9:13 p.m.

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The Gazette bashed, berated, vilified, beat down and did everything it could to destroy this police officer and he won. He was found innocent in court and he was found innocent by the hearing officer. How does it feel to be wrong again. Maybe you should leave the good guys alone and take a look at who runs that department, Chaires. Too many chiefs and not enough indians as the saying goes. BTW, the Times Union had this decision online at least five hours before the Gazette did, you were scooped by an out of town paper.

June 21, 2012
8:50 a.m.

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Now maybe the Gazette can/will retract all of the negative comments/editorials/ and connotations made against Officer Peters. My guess is that they won't. The Gazette should admit that they were duped by the Stratton Administration into thinking that everything that happened at the police department warranted termination. I do not condone any of the behavior that these officer's exhibited, but termination needs to be reserved for situations where discipline will not work. The city and department have too much money invested in these officers to just discard them. Officer Michael Brown was an excellent officer and deserves to still be employed. I, for one, am glad that the "Witch Hunt" is over.