FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Fort Myers Police Chief is speaking out after last night's review of his decision to fire Officer Trevor Lehman.
Lehman was let go after a video surfaced, reportedly showing Lehman using excessive force in a February arrest. The chief is standing by his decision to fire Lehman.
Video shows the former officer using what Chief Baker says is excessive force, but on Tuesday night, the Citizens Police Review Board voted they want to reinstate Officer Lehman, and get him more training. Chief Baker says he's uncomfortable with rehiring Lehman because throughout their investigation, he insisted he did nothing wrong. Chief Baker says he's concerned Officer Lehman would act the same way in the future and is a liability.
"I don't look at a popularity of who's going to be with me and who is not. You can't make a decision based upon that. You have to make a decision that's best for the city, what's best for the organization...and that's the decision that I made," said Chief Doug Baker.
The case will now go to an arbitrator, and whatever that arbitrator decides will be binding in the State of Florida. Chief Baker says Lehman is allowed to work at any other agency in the state.