An officer with the Methune (MA) Police Department has been reinstated to the agency and given back pay after he was suspended after being accused of mishandling evidence during a 2018 investigation.

According to the New England Daily News, an arbitrator overturned most of police Officer Arthur Hardy’s 270-day suspension and ordered that the city "make officer Hardy whole for all wages and benefits lost, including overtime, detail, and court pay."

Mary Ellen Shea ruled that Hardy should only have to serve 60 days of the original suspension instead of 270 days, which essentially amounted to a full year of employment.

"The City is hereby ordered to rescind the 270-working day suspension and to remove any reference to it from Officer Hardy's record," Shea wrote in the decision.

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