Appeals Court Upholds Firing of Former Wayne Police Officer

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Court of Appeals has upheld the firing of a former Wayne police lieutenant accused of making sexual advances toward women in the department and of tolerating racial prejudice among officers.  Former Lt. Phil Shear, along with former Wayne Police Chief Lance Webster, appealed after a Wayne County District judge rejected their challenges to the Wayne Civil Service Commission's upholding of their April 2011 firings.  Among the accusations against Shear were those that said he tolerated officers' practice of referring to white people as "number ones" and to black people as "number twos."  Webster was accused of trying to cover up for Shear.  On Tuesday, the Nebraska Court of Appeals rejected Shear's argument that he was denied due process. The appeals court rejected Webster's appeal in late November.

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