I'm not commenting on any specific case here, but I want to mention Boston Police Commissioner Davis's new personnel policy: after three suspensions, you're fired. My first thought was to hope the new policy draws a distinction between serious misbehavior and mere administrative lapses. My next thought was that three strikes is two too many for serious wrongdoing (such as lying on a police report or falsifying a detail slip). But then I figured it out.
With the power of the union, I imagine no one gets suspended for mere administrative errors. Suspensions are probably reserved only for serious wrongdoing. You want to have a safety valve for the good cop who has made a bad mistake, but you want to get rid of bad cops - the ones who keep making bad choices. Three strikes may be the best place to set the balance after all.
Or maybe it's all the union will allow.
UPDATE: The Boston Globe, has more information (obviously) and it looks like my assumptions were right.