A demotion for a Hattiesburg Police officer will stand

HATTIESBURG,MS (WDAM)-   The Hattiesburg Civil Service Commission has upheld a decision to demote a police sergeant.

Officer Matthew Nunnally, a former patrol sergeant for Hattiesburg Police Department, was demoted from sergeant to officer by HPD over an incident in January.

Nunnally appealed the demotion, claiming the department violated their own policies. He also said the department discriminated against him because he is white. The Civil Service Commission chose to uphold the department's decision today, stating they did not believe race was a factor in the decision.

The advisory board for the disciplinary action with the department consisted of both black and white command staff level officers. The board recommended a 30 day suspension, which Hattiesburg Police Chief Frazier Bolton chose to reduce to a 15 day suspension.