- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

DENVER (AP) - A hearing officer has overturned the firing of a Denver sheriff’s deputy accused of lying about another deputy’s assault of an inmate.

William Lewis appealed his September firing. KCNC-TV (https://cbsloc.al/1BnW2QR ) reported Monday that the hearing officer reinstated him, saying he did not see fellow Deputy Thomas Ford punch the inmate and was not being dishonest.

The hearing officer, Valerie McNaughton, upheld Ford’s firing for inappropriate force in the July case, when cameras captured him punching the inmate in a jail intake area. McNaughton says Ford had other options for handling the unruly inmate.

Officials at the time said Lewis did not mention the assault in reports about the incident.

The cases come as the sheriff’s department tries to make sweeping changes after a series of high-profile misconduct and excessive-force cases.

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Information from: KCNC-TV, https://www.cbsdenver.com

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