Officer in viral video previously terminated for domestic abuse; case dismissed

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A Shreveport police officer, suspended after cell phone video captured him hurling expletives at a young male and putting his hands on the teenager, lost his job nine months ago following a domestic abuse arrest. However, Gary Thomas was placed back on the force when the city agreed to reduce his punishment.

According to a letter obtained by KSLA Investigates from the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board, the City of Shreveport agreed to suspend him for 90 days without back pay, instead of defending the original decision to fire Thomas.   

The reason for that decision was not in the letter dated December 13, 2017.

The veteran cop was arrested back on May 10, 2017 and charged with domestic abuse battery and false imprisonment, following a physical confrontation with his wife in Bossier City. Three months after the arrest, in August of 2017, Shreveport Police Chief Alan Crump terminated Thomas for alleged violations of department policies.

Thomas was prepared to fight for his job, appealing his termination to the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board.That appeal would never be heard because in November 2017, the criminal charges against him were dismissed after he completed a District Attorney diversion program in Bossier Parish.

About three weeks later, the city came to an agreement with Thomas, reinstating his employment as a Shreveport police officer.

None of the records in this case indicate the exact department policy violations Officer Thomas allegedly violated. 

The diversion program Thomas entered and completed is typically offered to most people accused of domestic assault battery for the first time.

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