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My Take: Fired Cop Gets His Job Back

By now, you've probably seen the dashcam videos from 2011 that led to a Huntsville police officer losing his job. Last week, in a 3-2 vote, the city council voted to give that officer his job back. Obviously it wasn't an easy decision to make or the vote would have been unanimous one way or the other, and if you've seen the videos you probably have your own opinion on how you would have voted. Being a police officer is a hard job, and not just because of the inherent danger that comes with putting on the badge. Now police officers have to worry about lawsuits as well, which is part of the reason dashcams are so prevalent in police cars. The real question the city council had to answer wasn't whether or not the officer acted correctly or incorrectly. It's a question of liability. By voting to reinstate him, the city council is in effect saying, "we trust this man to do the right thing." Let's just hope that one day, they don't have to put our money where their mouths are. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?

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