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MEDICAL LEAVE: DM Cop Fighting Demotion After Refereeing Basketball Game

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A former Des Moines police sergeant wants his job back after he was spotted refereeing basketball games while on medical leave.

Kervin Veasley was demoted from sergeant to senior officer last year.

Veasley had been on injury leave for several months complaining of headaches related to a car accident 25 years ago.

During a civil service hearing Thursday, the city argued if Veasley was well enough to ref basketball games, he was well enough to return to duty.  But Veasley’s attorney says that’s not the case because police work requires more physical activity.

“The determination has not been can they do any other work.  It’s not like Social Security disability.  But it’s always been can they do the job and duties of a police officer,” employment attorney Charles Gribble argued.

Officer Veasley’s attorney says his client could not perform those duties.

Meanwhile, the Board of the Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System of Iowa unanimously agreed on Thursday that Veasley is not entitled to a disability pension while he appeals his case.


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