An arbitrator has ruled against former HPD Captain Mark Aguirre, who was fired by the city for his role in the K-Mart Kiddie Roundup.
Thursday's decision came six months after Aguirre testified that he was wrongfully fired in January 2003 as a scapegoat when the raid became a political controversy.
"Capt. Aguirre led and was responsible for a tragedy that ultimately affected not only many officers but the citizens as well," John B. Barnard, the arbitrator, wrote in his decision.
After the arrests prompted public fallout, the city dropped charges against everyone arrested. What followed was the police department's largest internal affairs investigation, resulting in disciplinary action against 32 officers.
Aguirre's attorney, Terry W. Yates, said Thursday that Aguirre likely will appeal the decision to a state district court or file a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city.