Fired Bossier City officers speak out

By Fred Childers – bio|email

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) – "Exactly what I feared would happen, has happened," said Philip Vernon. He's talking about a threat he says was directed at him, by Bossier Assistant District Attorney, Sherb Sentel.

Vernon was fired from the Bossier City Police Department today (Thursday), and he says that's exactly what Sentel said would happen.

"I'm a minister, I've got six children, it's Christmas time, I'm heartbroken, I've been fearing for sometime this was going to happen," said Vernon.

"They just jumped the gun on it," said former reserve officer Jared Fisher. He was also fired, days after the incident.

Both officers say Sentel threatened to have their jobs.

"We heard what he heard, and just like any other night we work, we did our job, and that's what was in the report," said Fisher.

But a termination letter signed by Bossier City Police Chief Mike Halphen and given to Vernon states  "Video evidence obtained from your patrol vehicle shows that Mr. Sentel never made any type of threats to have your job, or the job of any other officer involved in his arrest".

"He had a problem with the chronology that was set out in the report," said attorney, Joel Pearce. He says the comments were made, but when is the question.

"Not one, not two, not three, but four officers essentially gave the same statements that were being made to these officers that night," said Pearce.

"It's a tough situation," said Vernon.

Vernon will appeal the decision.

Fisher, as a reserve officer does not have that option, but he does want an apology.

"Being that they publicly called us liars, from the get- go, the only way to do it would be to come back and say they were wrong," said Fisher.

The comments in question - as far as the Bossier City Police Department is concerned don't exist, but as far as the former officers are concerned, the comments were promises kept.

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