FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Citizens Police Review Board voted tonight that they do not approve of Chief Bakers actions of firing officer Trevor Lehman.
The FMPD officer was fired for using aggressive force during a February arrest. Chief Doug Baker decided to fire him.
In the dash-cam video, you can see officer Lehman throwing punches across 27-year-old Chaylon McClary's face as he starts resisting.
Tuesday night, the board voted that Chief Baker made the wrong decision, even though a police training expert also agreed with Chief Baker that Lehman did in fact use too much force.
The board is now reccomending that Chief Baker should have given Lehman 40 hours of unpaid leave. They now want Chief Baker to get Lehman additional training and re-hire him.
The meeting was full of FMPD officers who support Lehman.
Lehman's father feels they have the backing they need to get his son re-instated.
"It means the world to me. I worked with these guys. I worked hand-in-hand with these guys for a good part of my career," said Marty Lehman.
The board's reccomendation is non-binding and the decision is ultimatley up to Chief Doug Baker.