The Baton Rouge Police Department and former Baton Rouge Police Officer Yuseff Hamadeh have come to an agreement.
BRPD said, “the Baton Rouge Police Department and former Baton Rouge Police Officer Yuseff Hamadeh entered into an agreement allowing Mr. Hamadeh to resign from the police department in lieu of any further proceedings related to Hamadeh’s termination.”
Hamadeh’s official last day with the department was Thursday, February 14.
BRPD provided the reasons for the termination of former BRPD officer Hamadeh:
- Carrying out Orders
- Body Worn Camera
- Conduct Unbecoming an Officer
Chief Paul stated, “The Department is not willing to take that risk. We believe it’s in the best interest of this community that Mr. Hamadeh is no longer policing the citizens and visitors of the City of Baton Rouge.”
Today’s announcement comes after Hamadeh won his appeal and his termination was overturned in January.
The Baton Rouge Police Department released this statement about Hamadeh’s appeal:
Mr. Hamadeh appealed his termination to the Baton Rouge Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board on the basis that the termination was not justified. He then filed a motion with the Civil Service Board to nullify the termination on the basis that the Department violated the Police Officer’s Bill of Rights (La. R.S. 40:2531) by denying him assistance of counsel during his polygraph examination. The Department adamantly disputes Mr. Hamadeh’s argument. However, the Civil Service Board ruled in Mr. Hamadeh’s favor. The Baton Rouge Police Department was in the process of appealing the Civil Service Board’s ruling when the Department received a violated the Police Officer’s Bill of Rights. And, if it that happened, then Mr. Hamadeh would have to be reinstated to his position as a Baton Rouge police officer.”