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Ball police officer keeps job, investigation dropped

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BALL, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- A Ball police officer will keep his job and not be disciplined after the town council found that the chief of police did not follow protocol when investigating the officer.

News Channel Five's Brooke Buford has the story.

The town held a special meeting Monday night. It involved an investigation on Ball police officer, Nathaniel Ussrey, initiated by the police chief, Melvin Williams.

Back in December, Williams started an investigation claiming Ussrey accessed personal information on him and other officers using an internal system.

Williams wanted Ussrey fired, but he didn't get his way Monday night.

The attorney for Ussrey called the investigation "politically motivated." Ussrey is campaigning to be the next police chief of Ball.

Ussrey's attorney pointed out that the investigation didn't start within a 14-day time period, as required, and also violated several other department procedures.

Ussrey threatened to sue the town if the investigation wasn't dropped.

So, the entire town council, as well as Mayor Jonathan Dean agreed that the investigation had no weight and that Ussrey should keep his job and not be disciplined.

"Overwhelming happy with the outcome," said Olita Magee, attorney for Nathaniel Ussrey. "The chief has been requesting termination of the corporal who's been with the department, he's never faced disciplinary action. He's never had a write up. Now he was looking at losing his job. He's a father of four. His wife is a paramedic. They have four young children. This would have affected his livelihood. We're happy the minimum action was taken."

The chief of police chose not to comment about the outcome.

Mayor Jonathan Dean says he was very pleased with the outcome of the meeting and says had the town been sued, they would not be able to afford it.

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