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Bossier City police officer wins legal battle to keep job

Bossier City Police Officer Philip Vernon Bossier City Police Officer Philip Vernon
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

A once-fired Bossier City police officer will keep his job, thanks to a decision Tuesday from the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Back in 2009, Philip Vernon helped arrest Bossier prosecutor Sherb Sentell after an incident at a local casino.

When Vernon was fired for allegedly filing a false police report, his attorney Joel Pearce fired back, saying it was retaliation.

Vernon was eventually reinstated by the Civil Service Board, won a battle for back pay and to have a 90-day suspension removed from his record.

The City of Bossier continued fighting, however, appealing to higher courts to uphold Vernon's firing. During that time, Vernon was kept on desk duty.

After three years of legal battles, through the district courts, the appellate court and finally the Supreme Court of Louisiana, Vernon and his attorney are claiming victory, saying Tuesday's decision reinforcing his reinstatement to the force sends a message to Bossier City.

"This decision today will stop the political persecution of Officer Vernon. It'll enable him to go back and serve the citizens of Bossier, and putting criminals behind bars."

Vernon describes the last three years as a nightmare. When asked how he feels he'll be received after so much battling with the people he'll be working for, he says, "The people I've been working for and working with in the administration have actually shown some support towards me. I feel like it's going to be a new beginning."

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