New Year’s Day battery arrest leads to decision

Former Officer Joseph Rodriguez has resigned from the Greenwood Police Department, and the police department’s merit commission has unanimously accepted his resignation.

Rodriguez, who was arrested during an early-morning argument that escalated into a fight on New Year’s Day, was required to resign from the police department and to check into a rehabilitation facility as a condition of his release from the Johnson County jail.

Police Chief John Laut originally was going to make a recommendation that the merit commission fire Rodriguez.

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