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Police officer appeals termination, gets another evaluation

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A fired Shreveport police officer continues the fight to get his job back, and won a small battle on that front at a civil service board hearing Wednesday.

Mathew Prunty was a 20-year veteran at SPD when he was fired last May for what the police department would only describe as violations of departmental policy, but Prunty says he was let go because he missed too many days after he was deemed mentally unfit to return to duty following his brother's death.

Prunty's brother is Timothy Prunty, a fellow officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2010.

Mathew Prunty is determined to prove he is fit for duty."Matt Prunty has never had any poor work performance and he's always been a very good police officer," said Shreveport Police Union President Michael Carter.

Carter was at the Shreveport Civil Service Board hearing on Wednesday for Prunty's termination appeal. Accompanied by his attorney, the embattled police officer wore a Sibley Police uniform as he stood before the board for hours Wednesday morning during his termination appeal, where the board agreed to allow another evaluation. This time, it will be done by a psychologist in Dallas.

"I think everyone is looking for fairness," said Carter.

At the time of Prunty's firing, Carter said he was disgusted by the actions of the police department and vowed to fight for Prunty's job. But on Wednesday, Carter appeared very optimistic for Prunty's future.  "I appreciate the administration being willing to work with mat, and for the board taking the time here today to get to this point."

Prunty and his attorney, declined comment following the hearing. Another hearing is set for April.

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