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Court orders trial for whistleblower trooper

Posted September 16, 2008

The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that a former state Highway Patrol trooper's lawsuit over his firing should be heard by a jury.

Reginald Newberne said he was fired five years ago after he blew the whistle on a fellow trooper he thought used excessive force in an arrest.

Newberne, who had served more than a decade as a trooper, said he didn't want to get involved in the incident, so he submitted a brief report with little detail. After a few days, he had a change of heart and filed an amended report with details he said substantiated his claim of excessive force.

After an internal Highway Patrol investigation, the arresting troopers were cleared of using excessive force, and Newberne was fired for being untruthful.

Newberne challenged the decision in court. After several setbacks, the State Supreme Court ruled in August 2005 that he could fight the firing under the Whistleblower Act, which protects employees who report perceived wrongdoing.


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  • us-citizen3 Sep 16, 2008

    Well, they don't all watch each others backs, but we see what happens when one doesn't

  • ifcdirector Sep 16, 2008

    He was fired because Highway Patrol internal affairs is a very large joke.

  • For the U.S.A. Sep 16, 2008

    Should have told the whole story to begin with, not lie about it. That is the main reason he was fired!!

  • For the U.S.A. Sep 16, 2008

    He lied to begin with. That is the main reason for his firing. If he would have to the truth to begin with then I suppose he would still be working of the NCSHP. Just shows how stupid he was to begin with and HE knows that lying is NOT tolerated inside the SHP. By the way, I am not in law enforcement, but my friends are and they always get a bum rap from the start!!