Fountain Hill cop placed on administrative leave

Grady Cunningham was fired, reinstated earlier this year

Posted: 4:19 PM EST Nov 07, 2013   Updated: 4:35 PM EST Nov 07, 2013
Grady Cunningham Jr.

Controversial Fountain Hill police officer Grady Cunningham has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending an on-going investigation, said Police Chief Ed Bachert.

But the chief will not comment on the nature of that investigation.

He said Cunningham's leave began Oct. 14.

In February, Cunningham was fired by Fountain Hill borough council for using unreasonable force. A video showed the policeman choked a handcuffed suspect and threw him to the floor of a jail cell.  He also was accused of falsifying reports and having a firearm in a locked cell.

Cunningham said he was the victim of racial slurs during the incident.

In August, council's termination was overruled by an arbitrator and Cunningham went back to work in the Lehigh County borough.

The arbitrator's ruling was a conditional reinstatement. Cunningham had to be re-trained and attend anger management.

The arbitrator's ruling stipulated that Cunningham will be terminated if he has another documented incident of excessive force.