A city review committee on Friday upheld the one-day suspension of a Pine Bluff police officer who last year lost the USB key that would activate the camera equipment in the patrol car he drove.

A city review committee on Friday upheld the one-day suspension of a Pine Bluff police officer who last year lost the USB key that would activate the camera equipment in the patrol car he drove.

Officer Jarrell Johnson had contended in his appeal that he thought he had followed procedures when he reported the key missing and believed that other officers who had lost department property received only a reprimand.

The committee ó composed of Assistant City Attorney Daryl Taylor, City Collector Albert Ridgell and Ted Davis, administrative assistant to Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr. ó said in their final disposition report that multiple recommendations from Johnsonís supervisors were consistent with the action taken by Police Chief Brenda Davis-Jones.

Davis-Jones testified Thursday that Johnsonís shift commander at the time, Lt. James Golden, and Assistant Chief Ivan Whitfield had both recommended the one-day suspension, as well as requiring Johnson to pay for a new USB key.

Johnson reported the thumb drive missing on May 9 2011, but did not receive notice of the disciplinary action until March 5.

In his testimony, he said he kept the key on his key ring, and because it had been almost a year since he reported it missing, he could not recall if he had been involved in any incident that would have resulted in the key coming off his key ring.

When he initially talked to the panel, Johnson said he believed he should have been issued another key and not be subject to disciplinary action, but in his final statement said he would be willing to pay for a replacement but thought he should get only a letter of reprimand.

Questioned by the committee, Davis-Jones said two officers, Phillip Gober and Rick Bunting, had lost body mikes while involved in shooting situation, and both received a letter of reprimand and reimbursed the department for the lost equipment. Sgt. Edna Butler reportedly lost a department-issued cell phone and was reprimanded and required to reimburse the department.

The difference in Johnsonís case is that he said he had talked to another officer who told him that others had received no discipline when they lost or damaged their USB keys. That statement was inaccurate, according to the other officer in a statement he made to the departmentís Office of Professional Standards.