City fights fired officer’s demand for reinstatement

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut city is appealing an arbitration panel’s finding that a police officer should not have been fired in 2013 for berating an immigrant during a traffic stop.

Former Danbury police officer Christopher Belair was fired after video surfaced of him using profanities while threatening to beat a driver and telling him to leave the country.

The News-Times reports (http://bit.ly/2BOqPCG) that the arbitration panel called Belair’s behavior “outrageous and disturbing,” but found the city did not have just cause to fire him. The panel said a 90-day suspension would have been more appropriate.

Belair was charged after the confrontation but was acquitted in 2015 of third-degree assault and threatening.

Neither Belair nor his lawyer could be reached for comment, but Belair previously said he still wanted to help people.