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Fired SPD officer Matthew Prunty gets job back

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Nearly a year after his termination, Shreveport Police Sgt. Matthew Prunty- twin brother of slain SPD officer Tim Prunty- has his job back.

The Shreveport Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board was scheduled to hear Prunty's appeal Wednesday. Meetings are generally open to the public but they went into executive session since Prunty's mental health was one of the topics considered.

In January, Prunty and the city struck a deal: the then-former sergeant would take a psychological examination administered by a third party.

Previous article: Matthew Prunty fights for SPD reinstatement

The results were good enough to put Prunty in an SPD uniform again, with back pay. The city dropped their opposition to Prunty's appeal.

"I feel great," Prunty said after reinstatement. "I feel great. [It's] good to be back. I feel like I'm back home."

When Prunty was fired, SPD listed "policy violations" as the reason. The Shreveport Police Officers Association said he'd taken too many sick days to deal with his twin brother's death. Tim Prunty was murdered while on duty in 2010. Others, however, say Matthew Prunty crossed the line during the resulting murder trial when he allegedly brought a gun to court.

Whatever the reason for his dismissal, Prunty's reinstatement is a rare win for the boys in blue.

From Jan. 14, 2009 through Dec. 11, 2013, the Civil Service Board received 20 termination appeals from former Shreveport Police employees.

Of those cases, the board upheld the decision eight times; four times the appellant dropped the case; cases were overturned twice and two cases- including Prunty's- were still pending at the end of last year. There was one case each were either the city withdrew their opposition, accepted a resignation instead or the board dismissed the appeal after the former employee did not show up.

Chief Willie Shaw declined to comment on Prunty's reinstatement because it is a personnel issue.

Christopher Cope, the man convicted for Sgt. Tim Prunty's 2010 murder, appealed the conviction and sentence before the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeals Jan. 13. Wednesday- the same day as Prunty's reinstatement- the judges affirmed his conviction and sentence.

Previous article: Convicted cop killer in court to appeal sentence

The board was scheduled to hear appeals from former Shreveport firefighters Billy Glass, Derrick Harris, Clint Richardson and Jason Vaughan Wednesday, but the men still face criminal charges. The board moved their appeal hearings- as well as former SFD Capt. Randy Chandler- to Oct. 8, 2014.

Previous article: A comprehensive look at Station 8 allegations

Former Shreveport firefighter paramedic Michael Keener is appealing his termination, but boardmembers said Keener is currently working his way through a pre-trial diversion program. His appeal is now scheduled to be heard August 13.

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