- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

DENVER (AP) - A city board has ordered the reinstatement of a Denver sheriff’s deputy who was fired for punching an inmate at the downtown jail.

The Denver Post reports (http://goo.gl/rK3K3B ) the Career Service Authority Board determined Thursday that Thomas Ford should have been suspended and should receive back pay for lost wages and benefits for all but 40 days since he was fired. Ford was fired in September 2014 after the punch was caught on jailhouse video.

His attorney has said he was reacting to a perceived threat.

Stephanie O’Malley, executive director of the Department of Safety, said Thursday that “Ford clearly used inappropriate force during his interaction with the inmate, which is unacceptable to us and to the community.”

The city is planning to appeal the board’s decision.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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