New Year’s Day battery arrest leads to decision


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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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