Punta Gorda police officer wants his job back
Fox 4 Investigator John Rupolo continues his coveragePhoto: Video by fox4now.com
PUNTA GORDA - Former Punta Gorda police officer Harvey Ayers walked into the police department with his lawyer Friday fighting to get his badge back.
"I have no comment at this time," said Ayers.
The department fired Ayers two months ago following a series of disciplinary actions. This was Ayers' day to appeal his firing, but he didn't have much to say.
"I don't think I should be terminated," said Ayers.
The hearing was originally supposed to be held in the City Manager's office with him deciding if Ayers would get his job back. Instead, Ayers met with a hired city labor attorney and the Police Chief. We asked the City Manager, why the change.
"That's up to them, I can't get into that," said Howard Kunik, Punta Gorda City Manager.
Before the hearing, I pressed Ayers's attorney for answers on the appeal.
"Even if there were violations of internal orders, nobody got hurt, nobody got harmed and he deserves a chance to continue being a law enforcement officer," said Neville Weiner, Ayers' attorney.
The hearing lasted 3 hours. When it was over we wanted to know if Ayers' termination was upheld or if he was given his job back. No one would answer that question including the two lawyers, the Police Chief, and the City Manager.
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