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Merit Commission to determine whether officer broke department rules

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By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - A hearing is scheduled next month to determine whether a New Albany Police officer broke department rules.

NAPD Officer Jack Messer could face disciplinary action. On Monday, the New Albany Police Civil Service Merit Commission announced Messer will be tried, next month, on 2 issues.

On August 12th, the NAPCSMC will look at whether Messer broke rules and procedures on January 22nd. On that day, Messer is accused of making a racial remark, during roll call. NAPCSMC will also determine whether Messer broke rules and procedures during sick leave, approved by the police department.  Messer was on sick leave between April 7th and June 3rd, 2010.  According to witnesses, Messer was seen working for his lawn care service when he was on sick leave.

Messer's hearing is scheduled for August 12th at 7p.m. Messer can call witnesses on his behalf and can testify. Depending on the outcome of the hearing, the NAPCSMC could decide not to take action against Messer or he could be penalized -even fired.  If the NAPCSMC believes Messer violated any or all policies, his record will be taken into account.

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