COLUMBIA - An appeals court has reversed a judge's decision ordering the reinstatement of a fired Columbia police officer.
The Columbia Missourian reports that the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District found that the city manager didn't overstep his authority in upholding the firing of Rob Sanders. The appeals court also remanded the case to Cole County on a technical issue.
Sanders was fired in 2011 for pushing an inmate in a Columbia holding cell. The inmate suffered a fractured vertebra and later reached a $250,000 settlement with the city.
After Sanders was acquitted in 2013 of third-degree assault, he sought to get his job back. Sanders argued his use of excessive force "exactly" reflected his training. He sued when the city manager declined to reinstate him.