The Civil Service Commission voted to reinstate former New Orleans Police officer Travis McCabe Monday, along with back-pay.
McCabe was fired after he was accused of taking part in covering up the officer-involved shooting of Henry Glover in the days following Hurricane Katrina.
McCabe was originally convicted, but that verdict was dismissed and a new trial ordered after new evidence was found. Federal prosecutors then dropped the charges.
McCabe's lawyer Eric Hessler thought the decision was the only outcome that would be "legal and just".
"I think it was the right thing to do for the city to admit that they, you know, the legal cause ceased to exist once the government declined to persue the charges," Hessler told Fox 8.
Local NAACP President Danatus King feels the city did not give a strong reason why it decided to drop the fight against McCabe's reinstatement and back pay request.
"The justice system has failed the citizens and a great concern is being raised as to what response there will be from the community regarding this breakdown of the criminal justice system," King told WRNO News.