Fired APD officer tries to get job back

Created: 12/10/2013 6:27 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

On Tuesday, the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board upheld a director’s recommendation to revoke his police certification, even after he asked for more time to explain himself.

A surveillance video showed Robert Woolever and his partner John Doyle apprehending a car theft suspect. The video shows Woolever holding him down while Doyle kicks him. After they handcuff him, the officers do what looks like a chest bump.

Woolever was fired and planned to appeal that firing with the Albuquerque Police Department, but before he could do that, he learned the law enforcement academy was also thinking about revoking his certification.

“When I first was notified that I had a certification hearing I was somewhat shocked because I had a stipulated agreement that my certification would be held in advance until my employment appeal had concluded,” Woolever said. “To this point, my employment appeal has not even started.”

Woolever said he was notified about a hearing he needed to attend, but that it was only two weeks away and he had to work. He missed that hearing and asked for another chance to explain himself, but after a closed session, the board simply said they agreed with a director’s recommendation to revoke his certification.

Woolever can still appeal that decision and try to get his certification back. That would allow him to practice in the state of New Mexico. He would still have to go through another appeal process with APD to get his job back there.

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