Court Upholds Florence Officer's Dismissal

(Florence, KY) -- The Kentucky Court of Appeals has upheld the firing of a Florence police officer who admitted sending out what was described as “nasty, obscene and mocking tirades” over his patrol car's instant messaging system.

The Kentucky “Post” reports the three-judge panel ruled the City Council's firing of David Cole in 2002 was “not arbitrary.” Senior Judge Paul Rosenblum wrote in the decision that “the messages were laced with profanity, and … disparaged fellow police agencies."

Rosenblum said the council acted properly in concluding that Cole violated policy by sending the messages.

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