A Lafayette police officer is appealing his termination after he was fired for pushing and punching a handcuffed man at the jail.

According to The Daily Advertiser, Pablo Estrada was terminated by Lafayette Police Chief Thomas Glover Sr. but will appeal his termination with the Lafayette Fire and Police Civil Service Board.

Estrada's attorney Allyson Prejean argues that his termination was "without cause and in bad faith."

The Advertiser report has step-by-step details of how the incident allegedly unfolded including the moments that led to Estrada's physical altercation with the handcuffed man.

Officer Estrada delivers a closed-handed strike against the abdomen area of (the man). Then officer Estrada pulls (the man) to the left and (he) falls to the seated position on the bench.

Estrada joined the Lafayette Police Department in 2018. Before that, he worked in St. Landry Parish where Crimestoppers named him officer of the year.

You can read more about the appeal in the full story via The Advertiser here.


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