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Officer rehired after admitting to punching homeless woman

August 26, 2018

NOME, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska police officer who punched a homeless woman while on duty has been rehired.

Former Nome Police Community Services Officer Carl Putman was rehired this month as a police dispatcher after losing his job in February and pleading guilty to fourth-degree assault, the Anchorage Daily News reported .

Putman told a colleague he hit 46-year-old Florence Habros with a “balled fist” after she passed out Feb. 18, according to prosecutors.

Putman agreed to plead guilty and received a suspended imposition of sentence. He will not serve jail time if he meets the conditions of his release.

Habros said the former officer ought to get jail time, not a new job.

“They should have fired him for real,” she said.

Putman had been working as a community services officer in Nome for five years when he picked up Habros in February and attempted to drive her to an emergency shelter. Habros, who was intoxicated, blacked out on the way.

″(Putman) became frustrated and punched her in the head,” prosecutors wrote in charges filed April 25.

The Nome Police Department declined to comment on Putman, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The city hired Putman back as a 911 dispatcher on a temporary basis to fill an immediate need, city officials said.

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Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com

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