News Item: APD officer fired
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Sunday 04 June 2006 - 11:19:22

An Austin police officer has been fired for use of excessive force.

Joel Follmer, 38, was one of three officers involved in beating a handcuffed man in September 2005.

Acting police chief Kathy Ellison made the decision to fire Follmer after a discipline board hearing Thursday.

Two other officers were involved in the beating. A grand jury indicted the three officers on oppression charges last year. Officers Christopher Gray and William Heilman were found not guilty. Charges against Follmer were later dropped.

Heilman has since quit the force. Gray is serving a suspension until July 4 for the beating incident.

Follmer was new on the force at the time of the beating. He is not eligible to appeal the decision.

http://www.news8austin.com/content/your_news/default.asp?ArID=163357


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