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Lafayette officer demoted for wheelchair force

A Lafayette police officer has been demoted for using force against a person in a wheelchair.

Chief Patrick Flannelly said the Police Department's Civil Service Commission ordered Officer Tom Davidson disciplined following an internal investigation into the Oct. 1 incident.

Davidson last week was suspended without pay for 30 days, placed on probationary supervision for a year thereafter and demoted from lieutenant to first class officer.

Flannelly said an internal investigation led to the discipline. The commission determined Davidson's actions violated department policies.

A telephone message seeking comment was left at a residential number listed in Davidson's name.

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