MIAMI TWP., Ohio (WDTN) - Miami Township's former assistant police chief is firing back at trustees after a partial transcript was released of his disciplinary hearing.
John DiPietro issued a written statement through his attorney on Wednesday afternoon.
He is appealing the Board of Trustees' decision to terminate him after an incident inside the police department garage. DiPietro was alone with a female shoplifting suspect while he hosed her down to remove pepper spray from her.
The Board found his actions inappropriate and fired him.
DiPietro says in his statement that it is clear from the release of the partial transcript that "my rights to due process were clearly violated." He goes on to write, "The first day of testimony, and more importantly, the cross-examination of Sergeant Tom Flanders of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office about this report. the cross-examination of Sergeant Flanders (if available) would have revealed numerous errors, inconsistencies and biases."
DiPietro says he agreed to delay the release of the transcripts twice, so that they would be released in their entirety. But, he says, the Board of Trustees still only released a partial transcript.
DiPietro believes the transcript in its entirety proves he was terminated inappropriately.
Miami Township interim Administrator, Tracy Williams, says the board discovered a clerical error on the first day of the hearing back in November in which the testimony did not get recorded. The IT Department says it was human error, not foul play.
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