SPD detective cleared of criminal charge reinstated

SPD detective cleared of criminal charge reinstated

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport police detective who was fired after a woman claimed he sexually assaulted her in his office at SPD headquarters is back on the job.

James Greene, 44, was arrested in February 2015 after a woman came forward alleging Greene had assaulted her while she was in his office being interviewed in connection with harassing phone calls case she had reported.

The allegations prompted an investigation, and Greene was ultimately arrested and charged with abuse of office.

Greene, who joined the department in February of 2000, was initially placed on paid administrative leave following the incident. He was terminated 2 weeks later following a pre-disciplinary conference on the charge.

In January, Greene was found not guilty on the charge, though a civil suit has been filed against him by his accuser.

The counts in the civil suit include failure to train, false imprisonment, unconstitutional seizure, policy and custom, battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent hiring, training and/or supervision.

The lawsuit seeks compensation from Greene, as well as former Police Chief Willie Shaw and the City of Shreveport.

Trial for the civil suit is slated for January of 2017.

On Wednesday, the Civil Service Board met to discuss the possibility of Greene being reinstated.

The board found that SPD violated Greene's Civil Service Bill of Rights because they reportedly failed to give Greene a 30 day period to obtain legal advice before terminating him. Based on this finding, the board reinstated Greene effective immediately.

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