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Capitol police chief, sergeant fired following investigation

Posted February 20, 2013

— The State Capitol Police's acting police chief and a sergeant under his command have been fired following an internal investigation into secondary employment practices.

Pamela Walker, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, said Wednesday that dismissal letters were sent on Friday to acting Chief Antonio Asion and Sgt. Benjamin Franklin, both of whom had been on paid leave after recent concerns about outside employment and administrative policies.

Asion and Franklin each have 15 days to appeal their dismissals.

Walker would not elaborate on why the two were fired but did say that the public safety department is reviewing its policies and procedures regarding secondary employment to determine if any changes are needed.

According to existing policies, officers are allowed to have other jobs, but they must be approved by the chief and they are not permitted to work more than 16 hours in a 24-hour period.

Neither Asion nor Franklin could be reached for comment Wednesday, but Asion has said that he's done nothing wrong.

The Raleigh Police Protective Association, which represents Franklin, said Wednesday that he followed his supervisor's instructions and was wrongly discharged.

Asion joined the State Bureau of Investigation two years ago and was named deputy chief of the State Capitol Police in August. He became acting chief on Oct. 1, following the death of Chief Scott Hunter

Highway Patrol Maj. William Gray has replaced Asion as acting chief.

Franklin worked with the State Capitol Police for more than 18 years.


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  • John8.32 Feb 22, 2013

    Notice the Captain bars in the picture of the Sergeant that was fired. He was demoted 2 times before they let him go. From Captain to Lieutenant then from Lieutenant to Sergeant. WRAL should look into the reasons behind that as well. He also didn't work at that department for 18 years. He was previously a North Carolina State University Police Officer and left under questionable reasons. Maybe the new secretary will keep a closer eye on the department and stop the habitual hiring of other agency's bad apples and rejects.

  • OpinionatedMama Feb 21, 2013

    NONE of you know what you're talking about! NEITHER of these men did ANYTHING wrong. The entire fiasco is because of one young woman wanting people to bow down & kiss her youknowwhat & causing problems where there aren't any when people don't bow to her! She'll get hers in the end! Guaranteed!

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Feb 20, 2013

    Hmmmm... So I guess they just ignored the state law that covers that, eh? Sure they did.... - Relic

    actually, there is no state law covering that. you know it, I know it. here's an idea - PROVE IT

    there is a state law covering perjury - perjury is intentionally and knowingly making false statements under oath. police use each other to try and avoid this, i.e. subordination of perjury

  • Rebelyell Feb 20, 2013

    They will be off work for about two years, then get reinstated with all back pay--as soon as the political tide changes.

  • stymieindurham Feb 20, 2013

    "Crooked cops????????,what about a crooked state?,even a crooked presidential candidate from NC?????????"

    John Edwards doesn't have anything to do with this, does he?

  • Relic Feb 20, 2013

    "What about cheating on your wife? Does that merit an investigation as well? What if the SCP are cheating on their wife with a state employee - does that merit an investigation?"

    You missed a lot of those stories on the Highway Patrol in the last few years, didn't you?

  • Relic Feb 20, 2013

    "unless what they did was a crime.. then it IS NONE OF ANYONES BUSINESS."

    No. If a law enforcement officer is charged with a crime, it's public record. WRAL's run several stories on bad cops being charged with crimes. Only public employee administrative investigations are outside of public record with some exceptions of information that are public record. Sorry. No black choppers here.

  • IPayYouPay Feb 20, 2013

    What about cheating on your wife? Does that merit an investigation as well? What if the SCP are cheating on their wife with a state employee - does that merit an investigation?

  • lroyal10900 Feb 20, 2013

    There are guidelines with secondary employment...1st, it has to be approved by the agency; 2nd, you don't know if they were doing their "other" job duties while on duty with the State Police. There were 2 State Troopers fired in the last year or 2 for "working" their 2nd job while on State time. That is against policy. There are many factors that could be in play here.

  • Stilllearnin Feb 20, 2013


    What law enforcement background did ex-chief Asion have?