PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla – Most people don’t expect to see police up to shenanigans. The truth is, police officers are as human as the rest of us, and they like to enjoy their personal time. Unfortunately, a police officer in Port St. Lucie has lost her job over her off-duty activities.
According to reports, Officer Hayley Nine was with a group of people at Duffy’s on July 9. Video evidence shows Nine and other patrons putting ice down each other’s shirts. They were also seen throwing ice back and forth. A person not involved in the incident was struck by ice and told the group that they were behaving like “idiots.”
A confrontation ensued, and several people, including Nine, broke up the fight. A complainant said that Nine was very close to his face, yelling and screaming. An internal investigation determined that Nine displayed inappropriate behavior. She was also called “discourteous.”
Nine was found to be untruthful during the investigation. Nine’s lawyer is claiming that the woman is being treated differently because of her gender and sexual orientation. Investigators are denying these allegations, pointing out that Nine was still on probation as a new hire and that the 23-year-old has been terminated strictly on the basis of the outcome of the internal investigation.
Whether or not Nine will file officially file suit against the city for wrongful termination is yet to be seen.
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