Sep 19, 2012 6:03 PM by Erin Steuber
Two former Lafayette Police Officer are appealing their termination from the department. Scott Poiencot and Greg Cormier were fired from the department September 12. Both former officers have been involved in an on-going lawsuit against two of their LPD superiors and Lafayette Consolidated Government.
September 14 both sides met in federal court for the first time since the case was dismissed at the state level back in May. The judge decided to partially lift a gag order that was in effect for nearly two weeks, and partially grant a protective order in favor of the defendants, including Police Chief Jim Craft and LCG.
Since that gag order has been partially lifted, it's becoming clearer why the officers were fired. According to the appeals documents filed by Poiencot and Cormier, both were let go because of the internal affairs investigation that sparked the lawsuit in the very beginning.
The IA investigation, involving 15 officers, was trying to determine if the officers leaked documents to an attorney who was representing another police officer. The investigation was granted a 60 day extension in June, and has since been completed. Now, Poiencot and Cormier have been fired as a result.
Both men have filed appeals with the civil service board claiming their termination was done without good cause and violates their rights as officers. The date for the appeals has not been scheduled.
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