BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Three Louisiana state troopers who improperly billed thousands of dollars of overtime and expenses, including a 2016 trip to Las Vegas, have had their punishments significantly reduced.
The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported that the State Police Commission on Thursday deemed the discipline too harsh. It voted to restore the ranks of Derrell Williams and Rodney Hyatt and reverse salary reductions for the pair. The troopers were ordered to serve suspensions as a less severe form of punishment.
A letter of reprimand issued to Thurman D. Miller was also overturned. A fourth trooper on the trip received a letter of counseling.
State Police Superintendent Col. Kevin Reeves had urged the commission to uphold the punishments last month, arguing it would send the message that abusing taxpayer dollars wouldn't be tolerated.