Update: Arbitrator says Orange police captain can get job back

An Orange police captain may be allowed to return to work after being no billed by a grand jury for killing a man in an auto parts store parking lot last July.

Captain Robert Arnold was suspended without pay last year following an incident in which he fatally shot James Whitehead in an O'Reilly Auto Parts parking lot.

The indefinite suspension of Arnold on the police force, has been reversed.

An arbitrator, LeRoy Bartman, has decided Arnold should get his job back and receive back pay, but this city is saying Arnold will not be re-instated at this time.

The disciplinary reinstatement of Captain Arnold is ordered.

Bartman handed down a ruling this week that stated the City of Orange violated state and federal law when it deprived Captain Arnold of his due process rights.

Orange City Attorney Jack Smith says counsel for the city, the city manager and city council will review options and choices to determine its next step in the administration of this matter.



Read the arbitrator's report HERE


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