Wiley Willis, the Shreveport police officer who was with Angie Garbarino the night she was injured while in police custody, has resigned and received severance pay after winning reinstatement in an appeal. Willis, who was fired in February 2008, won reinstatement from the police civil service board this past August but never returned to duty. He resigned last week and was paid $56,992 in back pay, according to Police Department records released Monday.The reinstatement entitled Willis to back pay. Garbarino was injured in November 2007 after a confrontation with Willis at the Police Department's DWI unit. Garbarino, who had been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, had to be restrained twice by Willis as she argued and tried to leave the room where sobriety tests are conducted. The officer eventually turned off the camera that was recording the incident. When he turned it back on, Garbarino was lying on the floor in a pool of blood.Willis said Garbarino fell and busted her face while handcuffed and trying to get away from him. She said he beat her up while the camera was off. A year and a half elapsed between the time Police Chief Henry Whitehorn fired him and Willis won reinstatement from the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board. The board concluded Willis' rights were violated because the polygraph examiner who questioned him during an internal-affairs investigation failed to record the test as required by the Police Officer Bill of Rights. The city filed notice it intended to appeal the board's decision but the appeal had not been filed in court when Willis resigned.

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