A suspended Arcadia police officer with one ex-wife beating charge under his belt will continue to draw his pay even though the chief wants him fired for a second violent confrontation with his former wife...
- [LA] DA wants to know how Asst. Chief Rogers avoided state charges for battering his wife -...Police Chief Victor Rogers regarding Asst. Police Chief Andre Rogers paying a fine for battering his wife: ..."If you're charged with simple battery, you can go ahead and pay it. ... It's like a speeding ticket"... Arcadia Police Chief Victor Rogers said Andre Rogers paid a fine Monday morning in city court -- a speeded-up time frame that has caught the attention of the D.A.'s office, which was considering handling the case in state district court...
- [LA] Asst. Chief Rogers strangling ex-wife in front of 3 year-old is his 3rd domestic attack - Arcadia Police Chief Victor Rogers has suspended one of his officers for the second time in less than three months... The police chief said he hopes Andre Rogers will resign. If not, a recommendation for disciplinary action...... Additionally, court records indicate Andre Rogers’ problems with his ex-wife did not start last year. In 2004, she was granted a temporary restraining order against him...
ARCADIA COUNCIL DOES NOT CONSIDER OFFICER'S TERMINATION
By Vickie Welborn email@example.com
June 10, 2009
[Excerpts] ARCADIA - A suspended Arcadia police officer with one ex-wife beating charge under his belt will continue to draw his pay even though the chief wants him fired for a second violent confrontation with his former wife. Police Chief Victor Rogers on Tuesday night recommended the termination of officer Andre Rogers, who's been on paid leave since late February for allegedly battering his ex-wife. As elected chief, Victor Rogers can recommend disciplinary action and hiring and firing but it takes the Town Council to take formal action. The council declined to take up the matter because of the absence of the town attorney... Victor Rogers has twice submitted requests to Smith to have officer Andre Rogers' employment status placed on the agenda. [Mayor Eugene] Smith's response was to ask the chief to perform an internal investigation... "I did that and recommended termination," said Victor Rogers, who is no relation to Andre Rogers. "I told him it needed to be placed on the agenda as soon as possible." How much longer he'll have to wait is uncertain. The status of Andre Rogers' criminal case is unknown. Assistant District Attorney Tammy Jump did not return a telephone message left with her office Wednesday afternoon. Andre Rogers' first arrest was on Nov. 29 on a misdemeanor charge of simple battery after he pulled his former wife from a vehicle and hit her. Rogers resolved the case within three days by signing a guilty plea and paying a $500 fine... Rogers was demoted from assistant chief to an officer and his pay reduced from $15 to $12.50 an hour. He also was ordered to complete psychological testing and attend anger management classes. Andre Rogers attended two classes and returned to work. In late February, Andre Rogers was charged with a felony count of domestic abuse battery after Bienville sheriff's deputies said he beat and attempted to strangle his ex-wife. Andre Rogers spent several days in jail. The council - minus Maggie Roberson, who is Andre Rogers' mother - placed him on paid administrative leave. At the recommendation of the town's insurance carrier, Risk Management, Victor Rogers said he sent a letter to Andre Rogers and his attorney suggesting that he attend additional counseling sessions. "But he didn't show up. He's not contacted me since he was arrested," Victor Jones said... [Full article here]
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