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BREAKING NEWS: Officer terminated from force

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Brazil Board of Public Works and Safety terminated a police officer Friday.

After meeting in an early morning executive session to review allegations and evidence, Board President/Mayor Ann Bradshaw opened a public meeting for discussion at City Hall shortly after 1 p.m.

Without any questions or discussion by the board or the attending public, approximately three minutes later, Sgt. Terry Harrison was dismissed from service with the Brazil City Police Department by a 3-0 vote.

Bradshaw said the allegations came to light approximately three weeks ago and there is an ongoing investigation into the matter.

Although the board members declined comment on the issue out of respect for Harrison, each admitted that it was a difficult decision to make.

The board cited allegations of neglect of duty, violation of rules and conduct unbecoming an officer with regard to funds received from the Indiana University School of Medicine (for the purchase of car seats), neglect of duty regarding $380 of drug buy money and neglect of duty regarding a grant check from Endeavor Communications.

Brazil City Attorney Robert Pell told The Brazil Times that Harrison would be served with the termination papers Friday and explained Harrison has the right to request a public hearing on the matter. Harrison must make the request in writing to City Hall within five days after receiving the Notice of Dismissal. If Harrison makes the request, the hearing would take place within 30 days of that date.

Harrison did not attend Friday's meeting.