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The Termination of Trust
Postmarks  September 5, 2017


Acevedo Speaks About Freeman Termination
Police chief says officer violated APD policies in shooting teen
DAILY News  March 21, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger


The Termination is Proximity-based
illustration by Roy Tompkins
  May 9, 1997, by Stuart Wade


The Common Law
Wrongful termination
Columns  May 6, 2005, by Luke Ellis and Nathan Moss
"...Can you explain what a wrongful termination suit is? When it comes down to he said/she said between an employer and employee, who does the law favor in a wrongful termination suit?..."

The Company Men
Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, and Kevin Costner star in this drama about what happens to company men after they part company with the company.
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Film Review  February 4, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...The wan, uninvolving The Company Men bears the same hallmarks as Wells’ West Wing flameout: bombastic plot swerves and overscripted speeches, a fatal inclination toward sentimentality, and an inability to catch a rhythm – to not feel so damn ponderous. Yes, these former company men sigh a lot, occasionally raise their voices, get drunk and throw rocks at corporate HQ, but there’s nothing that feels like real rage, nothing that even remotely approximates the spiritual decimation of a termination...."

Officer Wins Firing Appeal
Arbitrator overturns chief's decision to dismiss
News Story  December 23, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...On Oct. 2, Wil­liams learned of his indefinite suspension (i.e., in civil service terms, termination)...."

Austin Cop Involved in Fatal Shooting Retires While Investigation Ongoing
Criminal inquiry continues, but internal investigation closed
DAILY News  October 22, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Austin Police Detective Charles Kleinert, who fatally shot Larry Eugene Jackson, Jr., this summer, has resigned his position with the APD amid an internal investigation into the shooting. Kleinert's move will secure his pension and foreclose the internal inquiry that could have led to his termination...."

Officer Fired for Prostitution
Second APD officer fired this week for criminal conduct and lying
DAILY News  May 31, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...On the heels of Wednesday's termination of an officer for lying about his off-duty work, Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo yesterday fired a second officer, Manuel Garcia, in connection with his February arrest by APD for prostitution...."

Schroeder v. APD
Latest police shooting case raises retro question: Why not Glasgow?
News Story  June 2, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...grand jury declined to indict Schroeder, and Internal Affairs investigators concluded that the officer's use of force fell within the limits of APD policy. But in late November, Knee handed Schroeder an "indefinite suspension" – the civil service equivalent of a termination – writing in a disciplinary memo that Schroeder had violated several departmental policies, most importantly, that shooting Rocha violated the policy on use of force..."

Closing the Books
A UT editor says he lost his job at the Center for Mexican American Studies for complaining about administrative malfeasance.
News Story  September 12, 2003, by Jordan Smith
"...In a July 3 e-mail to CMAS staff, Limón wrote that CMAS Books was being eliminated because, he wrote, their "publishing efforts" are "no longer viable in their market, and ... we were publishing at a loss." Further, he wrote, "With the termination of our publishing efforts we are simply no longer in need of ....."

The War on Talking About the Drug War
Border Patrol agent loses job after stating the obvious
News Column  February 4, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"..."They also asked if he was a socialist," McCoy said. Gonzalez was completely surprised and devastated, when not long after and just a month before his probationary period would have ended, he was handed a termination letter..."

Precinct 2 Constables
Why on earth would anyone want to run for constable? You'd be surprised.
News Story  February 22, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...The online criticism, in all directions, has grown from flame war to all-out assault – histrionic critiques of each candidate's qualifications and especially their characters. Labuda is blasted as an inexperienced dolt, while Ballesteros' termination from the Texas Department of Public Safety nearly a decade ago has provided fuel for allegations that he is either corrupt or in fact a criminal..."

APD's Follmer Fired
APD's Follmer Fired Rookie officer let go for role in September official oppression arrest.
News Story  June 9, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...Austin Police Department acting Chief Cathy Ellison fired rookie Officer Joel Follmer on June 2 for his role in the September arrest of 25-year-old Ramon Hernandez, who fled the scene of a traffic accident. According to a one-paragraph termination letter, Follmer was fired for failing "to meet the standards expected of a probationary officer." Because Follmer was only several months out of the academy and still working on probationary officer status, his employment was at-will and not covered by civil service laws..."

Matters of Perception
Evidence suggest that former APD officer Timothy Enlow hasn't been completely honest -- nor have those who have testified against him.
News Story  September 27, 2002, by Jordan Smith
"...The first week of Enlow's arbitration hearing (before the hearing's interruption, testimony had been scheduled to end Wednesday, Sept. 25) raised more questions than it answered, chiefly: Why were certain investigative avenues ignored; why was Enlow fired for violating policies other officers routinely violated or ignored; and, in its determination to oust Timothy Enlow, did the city violate its own laws or APD regulations?..."

Former Artistic Director Sues Scottish Rite
Suit alleges slander and negligent termination
News Story  November 22, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...13. Marks' lawsuit accuses the theatre board of slander, libel, negligent termination, and negligence in employee recruiting and supervision..."

The Doctor Is In – Then Out
Physician says she was fired for speaking out against bad management
News Story  August 19, 2011, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...On May 18, Dr. Amina Haji, a physician with CommUnityCare, the corporate health clinic system overseen by Central Health, received a termination letter from Dr..."

Quintana: Abused or Abuser?
Quintana denies abusing former fiancée
News Story  March 4, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...But in early 2010 he was fired after he was arrested and charged with drunken driving that January. He appealed that termination and won; less than a week later, Acevedo fired him again, this time for allegedly assaulting Noriega in October 2009..."

APD Dismissal: Religion, Incompetence ... or Psychological Misconduct?
Forced resignation of officer raises questions about APD procedures
News Story  December 25, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...Whether those were simply rookie errors, or instead proved him unfit for law enforcement, was the central question argued last week in the federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Perez. Also at issue was whether those mistakes were the sole reason Perez was asked, in April 2005, to resign or face termination – or simply a pretext to get rid of him...."

Follmer Fights Back
Fired APD Officer Joel Follmer to seek reinstatement
News Story  June 16, 2006, by Jordan Smith
"...district court, and prosecutors later dropped the criminal charge on Follmer; in April, former APD Chief Stan Knee handed Gray a 70-day suspension for using excessive force during the arrest and for "acts bringing discredit" to the department. Officially, Follmer was let go for failing to "meet the standards expected of a probationary police officer," Ellison wrote in a one-paragraph termination letter..."

Point Austin: The Schroeder File
For APD and Austin, Knee's decision was the right one
News Column  December 9, 2005, by Michael King
"..."Not only did Officer Schroeder's entire chain of command agree that all the charges should be sustained," wrote Knee in his Nov. 18 termination memorandum to the Civil Service Commission, "they unanimously agreed that indefinite suspension [termination] was the appropriate discipline."..."

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