Cop Who Pushed Paraplegic Man Out Of Wheelchair Gets To Keep His Job [VIDEO]
A Lafayette, IN police officer was caught on film pushing a paraplegic man out of his wheelchair and somehow managed to keep his job.
Back on October 1, 2013 Lt. Tom Davidson of the Lafayette Police Department was one of the multiple officers who responded to a call from the Excel charter school after Nicholas Kincade allegedly told the staff that he had a gun in his backpack.
Upon their arrival it was quickly realized that Kincade did not have a gun. Per request from the school, the officer’s only issued a warning to Kincade, informing him not to trespass on school property before telling him he was free to go.
Kincade—who is confined to a wheelchair being that he has no use of his legs—motored his way around Lt. Davidson and appeared to accidentally graze his foot. Almost instantly Davidson shoves Kincade, sending him flying out of his wheelchair and onto the street.
Kincade was clearly hurt as he hurled expletives back at the officer. He was then arrested for police battery after being taken away on a stretcher.
Davidson was immediately place on administrative leave as an internal investigation was conducted by the Lafayette Police Department.
Upon completion of the investigation it was determined that the Davidson—who was the highest ranking officer on the scene that day—violated the department’s rules with his behavior.
This decision upset the officers who conducted the investigation, as well as the Police Chief, who all recommended that Davidson be fired. Unfortunately, hiring and firing decisions are made by a commission made up of five Lafayette citizens who vote on decisions such as this one.
Rather than terminate him, the Commission opted to strip Davidson of his rank, ordering him serve a 30-day unpaid suspension and one year of probation. It was also announced that there would be no additional charges against the former Lieutenant.
Do you think Davidson’s punishment was too soft? Watch the video and comment below.