COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) – A recently suspended Columbus police officer’s punishment still stands following an appeal this week.
Columbus Police Officer Toni Howard was suspended in November for 14 working days, without pay, for two separate incidents.
One incident involved pointing her Taser at a handcuffed inmate in a hospital room. In the bodycam video, the handcuffed man could be seen shouting at officers in the room.
The other incident was for violating standard operating procedure. According to the Commercial Dispatch, Howard left her assigned beat during a patrol.
In Wednesday’s hearing, the city’s Civil Service Commission ruled not to change the punishment, reports the newspaper.
During the hearing, Howard said she was trying to gain control of the situation in the hospital room.