Civil Service Board overturns officer suspension for hair pull incident
POSTED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 21, 2012 - 12:26pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The Baton Rouge Police Officer who was suspended for an incident that happened last year appealed the decision this morning to the Baton Rouge Fire and Police Civil Service Board.
Officer Bobby Schilling was suspended for 15 days by Chief White after an allegation of misconduct was caught on camera by a freelance videographer. The video showed Officer Schilling pulling a female from a ditch by her hair. What the video did not show was the events leading up to the situation.
Dashcam video shows the female, Melinda Morris of St. Amant, being combative with Officer Schilling in the moments prior. Morris was issued a summons for Interference with a Police Officer/Investigation. She pleaded “no contest” to the charge back on March 26, 2012.
Ultimately the Civil Service Board unanimously decided to overturn the suspension. Officer Schilling will be compensated for the 15 days he missed and the incident will not be reflected on his record.
Although the issue has been resolved in the eyes of the department, the case is not fully resolved. Melinda Morris filed a lawsuit in federal court against the City-Parish, the Baton Rouge Police Department and Officer Schilling.