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Board overturns firing of former Asheville police captain

July 31, 2019

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A grievance board has overturned the firing of a former North Carolina police captain, saying the officer deserved discipline for some of his actions but shouldn’t have lost his job.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the Civil Service Board overturned the firing of former Asheville police Capt. Mark Byrd. His attorney, John C. Hunter, says the five-person board voted 4-1 on Monday after three days of hearings.

Hunter says the hearings were closed to the public and the media at the city’s request. The newspaper reports that the board found some charges against Byrd may have warranted discipline but not firing.

Byrd was fired in July 2018 by then-Police Chief Tammy Hooper. Hooper said Byrd was dishonest about the timeline into the investigation of a police beating of a pedestrian.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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