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Selmer Officer Accused of Domestic Violence Fired, Responds

By Empriss Campbell
By ecampbell@wbbjtv.com

MCNAIRY COUNTY, Tenn. - Selmer Police Officer Quinton Garland was given his marching orders days after being charged with domestic assault involving his fiancee.

"Without taking any statement from Mr. Garland, without taking his side of the story, without investigating on his behalf what so over, the city's made a determination to terminate Mr. Garland. We believe that not to be the right decision," said D.J. Norton, Garland's attorney.

Garland and Norton, met with Lieutenant Tony Miller who issued a statement on the dismissal that said in part:

"An administrative review of patrolman Garland's actions on February 10, 2013, which resulted in his arrest for domestic assault, found his actions in violation of departmental policy. On February 15, 2013, Mr. Garland was dismissed from the Selmer Police Department."

Norton said Garland has been unfairly treated and believe the city acted too quickly in his firing.

"(We) ask citizens to unite on Mr. Garland's behalf. He's been an officer of this town for three years. He's one of the best officers that we have he has no write ups in his file no disciplinary action what so ever," said Norton.

Norton said Garland is not guilty of domestic assault charges and will fight until he Is proven innocent. Although Garland was advised not to give a comment, he did have one thing to say:

"I just want to say I love working for this town," said Garland.

Norton said a Criminal case is pending in McNairy County General Sessions Court.

Garland's next appearance on the domestic assault charge is set for March 20.

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