Lafayette police chief unhappy with discipline board's vote

The Chief of Police in Lafayette voiced his disapproval Tuesday of the punishment given to an officer at the center of a controversial video.

Newly-released footage shows then-lieutenant Tom Davidson pushing a suspect out of his wheelchair last October. The city's mayor, police chief and the entire command staff of his department recommended he be terminated but the disciplinary board instead decided to demote Davidson, suspend him for one month and put him on probation for a year.

In a letter posted to Facebook, Chief Patrick Flannelly wrote that the officer's actions have "brought discredit upon his agency." But he said those actions do "not reflect the true character of all of the dedicated men and women who serve that community."