Taylor County Sheriff Bruce Daniels has fired Sheriff Sergeant David Bender for his alleged misconduct during and after an arrest on March 4, 2013. The Taylor County Personnel Committee has completed a “Determination Order” which takes into account nearly 20 hours of testimony regarding use of force during an arrest and the subsequent failure to document the use of force in Bender’s written report. The committee determined that Bender violated the Taylor County Ethics Code and use of force guidelines. In regard to reporting the use of force, the committee found Bender’s report to be an intentional misrepresentation of the incident because it did not describe significant use of force actions the day of the report. The committee’s firm belief is that Sergeant Bender’s blatant disregard for Taylor County use of force procedures as well as the honesty and integrity concerns have brought unquestionable harm to his character and his ability to continue to function effectively as a member of the Taylor County Sheriff’s department. The report indicated: “Either of these deficiencies alone require his termination. And that is the order of the committee”.
The vote of the grievance committee to accept the request of Sheriff Daniels to terminate Bender’s employment was unanimous.
David Bender now has up to 20 days to appeal the committee’s determination. The appeal process is termed a “Certiorari”. It would involve a circuit judge reviewing the testimony, hearing arguments from the 2 attorneys in the case, and ultimately making a determination. David Bender was an employee of the Taylor County Sheriff’s department for 9 years.
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