Arbitrator closes fired officer hearing to media

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An arbitrator has refused to allow reporters to attend a hearing in which an Iowa State Patrol trooper is fighting to get his job back after being fired for an alleged hazing incident at a police training academy in 2008.

The hearing before arbitrator Harvey Nathan, a Chicago attorney, is being held Thursday at the Iowa Department of Public Safety headquarters in Des Moines.

In the hearing, trooper Joshua Guhl is challenging his firing as part of a union grievance process. He contends his dismissal was not justified.

The DPS accuses Guhl and former Division of Criminal Investigation agent Andrew Harrelson of hazing and verbally intimidating a 21-year-old fellow recruit, who is now a state trooper.

Harrelson denies involvement in the incident and also is challenging his firing.

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