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Selmer Officials Meet about Terminated Officer

By WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

SELMER, Tenn.- A former Selmer Police officer is back in the news, nearly a month after he was fired after being charged with assaulting his girlfriend during a fight.

Quinton Garland and his lawyer met Monday afternoon with the Selmer Board of Aldermen. Once fired, city employees have a 20-day window to meet with the board.

The sides have decided to wait until Garland's criminal trial concludes, then re-evaluate the situation at that point.

Garland's lawyer believes this is the best scenario for his client.

"It helps our side because we can more freely discuss this case. The board does not have to make a decision with a criminal case pending. It may be their determintion that if a criminal case is pending, they don't want to re-instate this officer," said D.J. Norton, Garland's attorney.

Garland was fired on February 15, less than a week after his arrest. His trial is set to begin March 21.

Norton said he expects the case to be resolved.
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