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A ruling from an arbitrator overturned narcotics cop Billy White’s termination, forcing the city to retreat from its effort to fire detective Clarence Willoughby (pictured).

The ruling “disemboweled” the city, boasted Willoughby’s attorney, Norman Pattis. “They’re falling on their sword for the day.”

Willoughby, the fourth cop arrested on corruption charges in the past year, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he stole thousands of dollars in department informant money. He filed for retirement on Feb. 6, before turning himself in. He was due to face a termination hearing Thursday night. Then came word from the arbitrator.

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