Arbitrator confirms decision to terminate Albany officer

ALBANY, N.Y.— An arbitrator has confirmed a decision by the Albany Police Department to terminate an officer previously arrested on alleged DWI charges.

Brian Lutz was arrested on December 11, 2010 by the Menands Police Department after being found unconscious and alone in the driver's seat of his vehicle on Interstate 787.

His arrest video was eventually released, and can be viewed here.

He was fired from the force in May 2011 after losing his license, which meant he failed to meet the minimum qualifications of a police officer in the City of Albany.

The decision was then overturned by the Appellate Division panel which stated that Albany Chief Steven Krokoff erred in terminating Lutz and saying a license is a minimum qualification.

On March 19, 2014, the decision was confirmed to terminate Brian Lutz.

“While I am confident that the Albany Police Department has already turned the corner on this type of behavior, I am quite satisfied with the arbitrator's affirmation. Specifically, the arbitrator's focus on Lutz's refusal to accept responsibility for his actions as an aggravating factor is encouraging. Additionally, the arbitrator's depiction of Driving While Intoxicated as “serious misconduct”, one worthy of termination, is a message sent loud and clear,” said Chief Krokoff.

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