Boston police officer, MMA fighter appealing desk duty ruling

The city claims the officer's cognitive abilities have been affected.

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ top court is set to hear an appeal from a Boston police officer and former mixed martial arts fighter who claims the city has unfairly stymied his career in policing.

Sean “The Cannon” Gannon gained notoriety on social media in 2004 when he beat well-known fighter Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson in a bare-knuckle fight.

In 2006, Gannon was placed on desk duty after the police department learned that he had a concussive syndrome from his fighting.

The city claims Gannon’s cognitive abilities have been affected. But Gannon insists he can fully perform all the tasks of his job.

Gannon says he’s been cleared for duty by numerous doctors. The city says neuropsychological tests showed Gannon had slow response time and memory issues.

The Supreme Judicial Court is set to hear arguments on Dec. 8.

 

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