- Associated Press - Friday, September 30, 2016

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Two North Texas jailers fired after the 2015 death of an inmate who’d struggled with officers will be reinstated with back pay.

Police union officials say an arbitrator ruled in favor of Matt Fisher and Wes Allen, who learned of the decision Wednesday.

Arlington police arrested Jonathan Paul during a disturbance call at an apartment complex. Authorities say Paul became disruptive while in the city jail and officers used physical restraints and pepper spray on him.

Paul collapsed and was hospitalized. He died four days after his arrest. An autopsy determined the restraints, pepper spray and Paul’s acute psychosis contributed to his death.

Two other now-former jailers await trial on criminally negligent homicide charges.



The Arlington City Council in April approved paying a $1.25 million settlement to Paul’s relatives.

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