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Fired New Orleans cop can return to work

September 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Louisiana state court of appeals ordered Wednesday the New Orleans police department to rehire an officer accused of participating in a violent arrest.Part of the incident was caught on tape and ignited a controversy in the weeks following Hurricane Katrina.

Retired teacher, Robert Davis, accused Officer Robert Evangelist of throwing him against a wall and joining other officers in beating him while he was being held down on the ground.

Evangelist was acquitted of criminal charges in the case.

Wednesday's ruling will stand assuming there are no other appeals made.

New Orleans agreed last month to settle a lawsuit that Davis filed over his arrest but the terms are not being disclosed.

AP contributed to this report

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