A Charleston police cruiser. (Courtesy Charleston Police Department)

A Charleston police cruiser. (Courtesy Charleston Police Department)

A Charleston police officer accused of throwing the backpack of a homeless man—which contained the only photos of the homeless man’s dead wife—may resign, the Charleston Gazette reports. Citing unnamed sources, the Gazette reports the officer was forced to decide between a charge of destruction of property or resign.

The incident occurred back in late August, when Patrolman Brian Lightner arrested 26-year-old Andrew Joel Hunt on disorderly conduct and public intoxication charges—charges that were eventually dismissed. The Gazette reports the backpack was fished out of the river by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office dive team.

Lighnter was twice nominated for “Officer of the Year.” He told The Gazette:

“I’ve had a good career, I try to be a good person,” Lightner said. He wouldn’t go into detail about the circumstances surrounding his suspension.

Read the full article at The Charleston Gazette.

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