HPD officer will appeal his termination

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM)- A Hattiesburg police officer who was fired this week for using excessive force in subduing a suspect will challenge his termination.

Lt. Ken Ross was fired Monday, along with another police officer, following an internal investigation by the department. Ross and officer Timothy Slade were accused of using excessive force in subduing a suspect during a traffic stop. According to Ross's attorney Tim Farris, Ross has been in law enforcement for 18 years, the last eight as a lieutenant, and has an exemplary record. Most recently, Ross has been in charge of N.E.T., or Neighborhood Enhancement Team.

According to Farris, the incident involved a high speed chase and the suspect's failure to stop for blue lights and evading officers. Farris says Ross came to the aide of other officers who were struggling with the suspect. Farris says the suspect was not injured and was handcuffed within 20 seconds of the officers arriving at the scene. Farris says his client will file a notice of appeal with the Civil Service Commission. It is not known if Slade will appeal his termination.

Farris also criticized the police department for leaking Ross's name, calling it a direct violation of H.P.D.'s policies and procedures.

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