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Case against BPD dispatcher dismissed

The criminal case against Bethlehem Police Department dispatcher Eric Kerr was dismissed earlier this week.

Efforts were made to pursue an evidence-based prosecution, but we were unable to satisfy the burden of proof without the testimony of witnesses in the case, said a spokesperson for the Albany County District Attorney's office, who also declined to make further comments on the case.

Kerr was arrested in April on charges he pointed a handgun at his ex-girlfriend during a domestic dispute. Bethlehem police charged him with three misdemeanors and he was suspended from duty with pay. The case was dismissed after a motion was made by Stephen Coffey, Kerr's attorney, in court on Monday, Nov. 8.

"We're happy that it was dismissed and that he's able to move on with his life," Coffey later said.

Coffey said to the best of his knowledge, Kerr is back at work at the police department. A department representative could not immediately be reached.

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