- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix police officer who was fired for allegedly using excessive force during an arrest is trying to get his job back.

The Arizona Republic (https://bit.ly/1HXSjMU) reports that the state board in charge of certifying and decertifying police officers initiated proceedings Wednesday against certifying Officer Kevin McGowan.

The city’s Civil Service Board voted to reinstate McGowan last week, four months after his dismissal.

The department fired McGowan after surveillance video showed him stomping on the back of 18-year-old Patrick D’Labik last December in a convenience store.

The footage shows it occurred as D’Labik was surrendering.

The move pushed D’Labik’s face into the floor, causing him to lose three teeth.

McGowan’s attorney, Steve Serbalik, says his client didn’t mean to injure D’Labik.

Police Chief Joseph Yahner has declined to comment.


Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com

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