Powers City Council fires police chief

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Published on December 6, 2019 -

Powers City Council fires police chief

City officials said they had a number of issues with Baker’s work performance, which is why they decided to terminate him.

Powers City Council fires police chief

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Attorneys for a man accused of killing an on-duty security guard in eugene more than a year ago, say it was self defense.

But prosecutors are calling it a senseless crime.

The jury and judge heard opening statements today in the trial of 31-year- old thomas copeland.

He's accused of shooting and killing 69-year-old frank ledgett, outside of seasons bar near the intersection of roosevelt boulevard and highway 99.

Copeland's attorney says ledgett pepper sprayed copeland's friend and copeland feared he was going to shoot them.

But, prosecutors told the jury surveillance footage shows copeland arguing with ledgett -- and copeland's friends trying to hold him back before he pulls out a gun and fires.

If found guilty copeland faces up to life in prison.

The city of powers is now without a police chief after city council voted to fire him on tuesday night.

Kezi 9 news reporter evita garza shows us why residents say they feel like theye been left in the dark with the decision.

Trt: 1:37 00:00 take lower michael maffe sat on the powers city council for more than two years.

He says he helped made some big decisions for their small town& including swearing in robert baker as the city police chief in june 2018.

Since baker was fired by the city council on tuesday night mafee says he doesn know if he can trust the group of people he worked with for years.

00:21 michael maffe, powers resident:?i gonna say that his argument looks good.

But their argument looks good too in some points of view.

So which way do you go?"

City staff say they were unhappy with baker work performance& which lead to his termination.

And, some residents say baker was an aggressive man& which is why they agree with the council's decision.

00:42 cathy walker, powers resident: a police chief should be held to a very high standard, you know.

I don think he should be allowed to make mistakes like he made?

Staff say they gave him an opportunity to address his faults in a meeting last month.

But they say he didn't do enough to change.

They didn't specify what he did wrong&and that has left many residents with questions.

1:02 evita:?some people tell me the city council is refusing to tell them the real reason they fired baker, so they don know who truly at fault in this situation??wee largely been kept in the dark as far as what the actual facts are?//?from a personal stand point, i more siding with the chief but that only because i haven seen their arguments yet realistically?

Many residents say baker only did good for the community, and that people used to get away with a lot of crime before baker came in.

Some hope the city council will think about reconsidering.

In powers, evita garza kezi 9 news.

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