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Rochester officer will lose his job after six incidents of excessive force

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Officer Jeffery Stobbs has been with the Rochester Police Department since 2008. Officer Jeffery Stobbs has been with the Rochester Police Department since 2008.
Police Chief Roger Peterson says Stobbs is not fit to be a police officer. Police Chief Roger Peterson says Stobbs is not fit to be a police officer.
Officers, attorneys, and the Police Civil Service Commission met Friday morning. Officers, attorneys, and the Police Civil Service Commission met Friday morning.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

A Rochester police officer will lose his job after reports of using excessive force.

Members of the Rochester Police Department and the Police Civil Service Commission met Friday morning to discuss officer Jeffery Stobbs's firing.

Officer Stobbs has been with the police department since 2008. According to the city's attorney, Stobbs has used excessive force six times since March 2014.    
One incident that Rochester Police Chief Roger Peterson continually talked about during Friday's meeting took place in March of this year. He said Stobbs used excessive force on a 17-year-old.

The juvenile was taken into custody, but Chief Peterson said Stobbs hit the teen in the head three times with a closed fist for not cooperating.

Officer Stobbs is a veteran, and his mental health was brought into question.

Timothy Healy, one of three people appointed to the Police Civil Service Commission by Mayor Ardell Brede says Stobbs needs help. He added that firing him would mean that the department is turning their back on him.

Peterson responded, saying Stobbs is putting other officers and citizens in danger.

"I run a police department. I employ police officers. He's not fit to be a police officer. I'm not starting another organization," said Chief Peterson. Healy cut in, saying, "So you're turning your back on this guy?" Peterson said no, he wasn't. "You're free to interpret that however you like. I see my responsibility to this community, not to an individual."

Stobbs was put on administrative leave and a performance improvement plan, but Peterson says neither of those were successful.

Since Stobbs is a veteran the next step is a veteran's hearing. A document with facts from the reports will be sent to Stobbs and his attorney, as well as why the commission justified his termination.

He has 30 days to decide if he wants a hearing. 

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