2 fired Jackson officers are reinstated

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- The Jackson Civil Service Commission has decided to reinstate two police officers who were fired after omitting information about a minor traffic accident between their patrol car and a transit bus.

The Jackson Sun reported that commission hearing officer Rusty Larson said officers Christopher Chilcote and Alan Randolph would be entitled to back pay and benefits.

Police Chief Gill Kendrick fired the two in April after reviewing a department investigation.

Police officials said the officers were in a parked police car when one of them opened a door into a passing Jackson Transit Authority bus. Damage was minor, but the department said Chilcote included false statements in documentation that explained the accident.

The commission found that terminating the officers was too severe a punishment.

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