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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A veteran Charlotte-Mecklenburg officer is off the force after a civilian panel voted to approve his termination.

Officer Michael Tinsley was suspended from the department last year on allegations he abused his authority and misused police equipment for personal use.

His attorney said Tinsley did nothing wrong and asked the board to rely on the testimony from those describing his above and beyond service to the City of Charlotte.

Attorneys with the department argued his career history of bad behavior made him unfit.

"He thinks he is above the rules and above the law and he can do whatever he wants. He's spend 15 years of bad behavior and bad conduct and that's what this case is about," said CMPD attorney Judy Emken.

"The dismissal of this gentleman is too severe and unfair," defense attorney Geraldine Sumter said.

In July of last year, Tinsley was suspended for 30 days after a fellow officer claimed he sexually assaulted her.

The charges were dropped but he was punished for changing his testimony to the board.

His attorney is expected to appeal.

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