Fired Hattiesburg cops' case postponed

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The appeals case involving two Hattiesburg Police officers' terminations has been postponed until August 8.

Lieutenant Ken Ross was relieved of his duties, along with Officer Timothy Slade, for using excessive force while subduing a suspect during a traffic stop earlier this year.

Hattiesburg Attorney Tim Farris asked the commission for a continuance in the appeals hearing stating, "We had requested certain documents from the City of Hattiesburg Police Department, and they had not had ample opportunity to provide those documents to us. Those documents are vital to our defense."

The Civil Service Commission granted Ross a continuance in the case to give the defense additional time as well as the City to provide the necessary documents.

Slade has also filed an appeal with the Civil Service Commission. His Attorney Frank Montague said, "I think the Commission made the proper decision in combining the two cases, since they arise from one event. We believe that these officer's are highly accredited, trained and dedicated, and will be vindicated. We will leave it up to the good judgement of the commission. If we are dissatisfied with it's decision, we will appeal to the circuit court."

The full hearing process will resume on August 8.

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