Court: Ohio officer fired for stabbing man should be rehired

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Posted: Apr 22, 2016 11:36 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — A ruling by an appellate court says a Cleveland police patrolman fired for stabbing her boyfriend should get her job back.

The decision issued Thursday says 40-year-old Shani Hannah should be rehired because an arbitrator correctly ruled that male Cleveland officers weren't fired for more severe domestic violence incidents.

Cleveland fired Hannah in 2013, citing unbecoming conduct. She was indicted in March 2012 on felony and misdemeanor assault charges after an alcohol-fueled incident where she cut her boyfriend with a knife and caused wounds that required stitches. She pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and received probation.

A felony conviction would have automatically cost Hannah her job because she'd no longer be able to carry a gun.

A city spokesman on Friday called the appellate court ruling disappointing.

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This story has been corrected to show the spelling of the last name of fired officer is Hannah, not Hani.