Fired HPD Sgt. fights for job back

HOUSTON -- A disgraced former Houston Police sergeant is fighting to get his job back.

Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland called Ryan Chandler "lazy" and a "liar" when he fired him in April. Now it will be up to an arbitrator to decide whether to uphold that termination.

At an arbitration hearing downtown Tuesday, HPD attorneys alleged Ryan Chandler dropped the ball on 20 homicide cases, and exploited the trust of murder victims' loved ones.

"Sergeant Chandler failed the citizens of Houston," said HPD Attorney Lt. Bradley Morefield.

Failed Morefield said, by doing little police work, and sloppy work at that.

"Ryan Chandler failed time and time again to properly investigate and document his cases," he said.

One of those cases was a November 2012 drive-by shooting that left a baby girl dead. Chandler allegedly took five months just to write up his report. In another, HPD accused Chandler of falsely claiming he sent the case on to prosecutors.

"The stuff is supposed to be in the grand jury's office and they don't have it, so it's a problem," said Lt. Rory Lakind.

Laking was Chandler's latest Homicide Division supervisor.

"There were some significant problems, that the cases were not completed," said Lt. Lakind.

HPD plans to call at least a half dozen police witnesses to prove HPD Chief Charles McClelland was justified in firing Chandler in April.

Meantime, Houston Police Officers' Union attorneys representing Chandler claim the 14-year veteran was not given proper guidance and direction by supervisors, and was overworked with an unreasonable caseload.

"The supervisors of Ryan Chandler were asleep at the switch," said Union attorney Robert Armbruster.

Testimony is expected to continue Wednesday, with Ryan Chandler set to take the stand on his own behalf.


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