The Huntsville City Council has failed to uphold a decision to fire a police officer accused of excessive force.
During Thursday evening's meeting the vote was taken, with the result being 3-2 in favor of refusing to uphold the termination of officer Phillip J. Lee.
Lee was fired by Chief Lewis Morris after two incidents in which Lee was accused of violating departmental policy regarding use of force.
Voting to deny the termination were councilmen John Olshefski, Bill Kling, Jr., and Richard Showers, Sr.
Voting in favor of the termination were councilmen Mark Russell and Will Culver.
Following a period of discussion the council considered imposing a six-month suspension without pay on Lee then a six-month probationary period following his return.
In the end the council decided to continue the issue until its next meeting and ask Chief Morris to provide his input on what disciplinary action should be taken.
Lee and former officer Brett Russell were fired in May.
No action has been taken on Russell's case.