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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
Do you have any sort of clause in your contract that only allows for termination with cause or requires them to follow certain steps before suspending you?
Also, how long has it been since this happened?
It's not too late to press charges, if you want to do so. You could also file a civil action against the patrolman for assault. Even if you were kissing his wife, that doesn't give him a legal right to punch you.
Putting that aside, without a union agreement or other contract, employment is at will. Your employer is unfortunately allowed to suspend or terminate you at any time, for any reason. There is nothing in the law that prevents an employer from taking negative action against someone for their behavior outside of work. And when two employees fight, they're allowed to take action against either, neither, or both of them. Unless there's something in your handbook or employment agreement that says otherwise, I'm afraid there's no cause of action against your employer.
You could still sue the patrolman, though.
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Sorry, I thought you said the other guy was also a patrolman. That doesn't change the answer. The cause of action here is against the guy who hit you.
The prosecutor has discretion to choose what to charge, but you can mention that the other party knew you were an officer when he hit you. That way, they have all the information before making a decision.
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