APD supervisor fights to overturn suspension

APD supervisor fights to overturn suspension

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Atlanta's police chief said officers made a bad decision when they kicked in the door of an Atlanta residence. An APD supervisor went before a personnel board on Wednesday in an attempt to overturn the suspension he received after the incident.

According to a police report, the call to the northeast Atlanta home involved an alleged simple misdemeanor violation; a worker complained that he hadn't been paid for a cleanup job. The commanding supervisor, Lt. Timothy Algeo, ordered other officers to kick down the front door of the home.  

Algeo told a city personnel board that he and his men didn't know what they'd be facing because the female resident on the other side of the door was acting erratic.

"I was afraid there's either somebody back there that she might harm, or she might harm herself," Algeo said. "And that's why, at that point, I took action to kick in the door."

A city attorney asked the personnel board to uphold the suspension handed down by Chief George Turner, noting that Algeo's account of the incident was not in the police report.

Algeo's lawyer asked the board to look at the supervisor's overall 16-year record with the APD. Algeo testified that he had only kicked in three doors in those 16 years.

Turner determined it was not necessary for Algeo's team to breech the door.

"There was no one inside requesting assistance. And there was no one in danger inside of the home," Turner said. "And that they had a perimeter setup, and there was time to get a warrant to go into the home."

The homeowner sued the city of Atlanta, claiming her rights were violated when APD broke down her door.

The city settled, costing taxpayers about $25,000.
 
The personnel board will make a decision to overturn Algeo's suspension.

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