The firing of an Arkansas State Police officer who lives in Marion County was upheld this week after a five-hour long appeal hearing held in Little Rock on Thursday. Arkansas State Police commissioners upheld the firing of Corporal Tom Weindruch after hearing testimony the officer displayed rude, unprofessional and angry behavior, according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
State Police maintained Weindruch of Flippin had on numerous occasions violated their policies. Weindruch was a 10-year veteran of the patrol. During his service, State Police said he had been subject to disciplinary actions on nine times.
Weindruch, who was assigned to Arkansas State Police Troop I in Boone County, was notified of his dismissal in a letter from the state police deputy director and the commander of the Highway Patrol Division in January.
State Police said during last year's legislative session that in a Facebook post Weindruch called state Representative Andy Mayberry of Hensley a fool after Mayberry introduced legislation that would have forced the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State to play each other in football. That post showed a picture of Weindruch in a State Police uniform. State Police said Weindruch broke social media policies and put the agency at risk.
The January letter of dismissal sent to Weindruch also cited the 39 year old officer's actions last March when he allegedly briefly detained a Flippin High School custodian. The letter said Weindruch believed the custodian had been rude to his wife after she questioned the custodian about the way he was collecting trash.
State Police commissioners took only 15 minutes to uphold the firing following the appeal hearing.
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