The Mobile County Personnel Board has upheld the demotion of former Mobile Police Capt. Eddie Patrick, according to a statement from the MPD.
Now a lieutenant, Patrick was demoted and removed from command of the city’s First Precinct after an MPD trial board him and officers under his leadership were found guilty of misconduct related to lessening charges from felonies to misdemeanors.
Officer Scott Davis and Cpl. Damian Colvin had previously been found guilty of conduct unbecoming and false entries. Sgt. Joe Wolfe was found guilty of failure to supervise and false entries for the misreporting of crimes. Wolfe was also demoted.
Patrick was previously charged and found guilty of conduct unbecoming, failure to supervise and failure to obey a direct order related to a MPD internal affairs investigation that found during the months of January through June of last year, 85 crimes were in the First Precinct were misreported. Patrick appealed the decision, but was unsuccessful.
“I do not consider the demotion of anyone a win, but rather a loss for everyone involved,” MPD Chief James Barber said in a statement. “Lieutenant Patrick was entrusted with a position of great responsibility and, therefore, must be held accountable, especially when the trust and confidence of the very people we are trying to protect is compromised.”
During the April 29 appeal hearing, the board heard an entire day of testimony from both sides, including Barber and Patrick. Neil Hanley, Patrick’s attorney for the appeal could not be reached for comment on Tuesday afternoon