City manager upholds termination of Sgt. Gregory Capers

Published: Jul. 18, 2012 at 3:38 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2012 at 8:59 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Sgt. Gregory Capers, a Savannah-Chatham police sergeant with a long history of disciplinary problems, is now out of a job.

Capers was first fired in 2004 by then chief Dan Flynn. That was after an internal affairs investigation found he had falsified time sheets for off duty security jobs, tipped off a prisoner on a confidential GBI investigation and ordered criminal charges be reduced in a case involving another police officer.

But Savannah's former city manager overruled the chief's decision and gave Capers his job back.

That was not the case this time. Capers was placed on administrative leave in June after his girlfriend reported to police that he choked her. He was fired last week.

Capers appealed the firing again, this time to city manager Rochelle Small-Toney, but she upheld the termination.

This comes just five months after chief Willie Lovett promoted Capers the rank of sergeant. He had been demoted to patrol officer in 2009 after more internal investigations involving off-duty work and a rogue investigation into a murder for hire scheme.

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