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Fired K-9 trooper gets police job in Apex

Posted July 8, 2008

— A state trooper fired for kicking his dog is now a police officer in Apex.

Charles Jones was fired in September after cell phone video surfaced showing him kicking his canine partner.

Jones says he was disciplining the dog the way he was trained.

Last month, a judge decided the trooper should get his job back. The State Personnel Commission will have the final say.

A call to Jones at the Apex Police Department was not returned.


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  • trafalgerfountain Jul 10, 2008

    If I encounter this officer anywhere he will not get my respect or cooperation.

  • interested viewer Jul 9, 2008

    I live in Apex and I have a dog, she is a beloved family pet. I was very disburbed by the video of this man kicking his dog. I am not happy that he is on the Apex police force. The police should be a friend, someone we can call on in time of danger or emergency--not someone to fear! After seeing him hurt that dog, I don't care to have any contact with him, even if I have an emergency. I feel for the people who come into contact with him under unfavorable circumstances.

  • imtiredofit Jul 9, 2008

    It amazes me that the town of Apex is either so desperate for police officers and/or has such low standards for hiring police that they would hire this animal abuser.

  • chfdcpt Jul 9, 2008

    So, the Highway Patrol stopped their K-9 program, for further review. That should tell us that they trained the trooper wrong.

    Of course, the fact that he has been with Apex PD for over 6 months should tell us that WRAL has had a very slow news day, and needed to rehash some old news.

  • think1st Jul 8, 2008

    What a nightmare, to know that possibly one or more of you would be deciding my fate after I made a spit second decision in a ditch in the middle of the night----WHILE ALL OF YOU WERE SLEEPING--I have a dog and like him alot, but I wouldn't think twice about kicking him until he was dead if he hurt a human, KEY WORD IS HUMAN.... thank goodness extreme animal lovers are the minority in North Carolina. Like animals, Love humans!

  • TheDecider Jul 8, 2008

    "Dogs are NOT equal to man"

    Right, but the actions of a "man" beating/abusing/mutilating an animal often lead to the same action against humans.

    It's a fact that law enforcement folks (male and female) have very high incidence of domestic violence compared to your average person.

    To put this disgraced trooper back into a position of power after so much stress and negative public attention must make a reasonable person wonder about the judgement of those who hired him.

  • horselover Jul 8, 2008

    Jesse Helmes 18, Apex Co, Animal Abuser 21 seems GoLo is letting Apex know what they think is important.Too bad the Apex Town officials don't listen

  • AX Jul 8, 2008

    I say he needs a job so that he can also pay his fair share of taxes like the rest of us. You dont have to let him babysit your canine or clean up your dogs waste that you refuse to do yourself while walking it. MOVE ON, Some people in this state think that dogs should have better rights than citizens. Dogs are NOT equal to man, and they shouldnt be.

  • TheDecider Jul 8, 2008

    He probably got tired of kicking around the house. Hopefully the voters of Apex will communicate their opinion to their elected officials regarding this new hire.

  • leo-nc Jul 8, 2008

    "If he wants his job back with the NCHP why did he take a job with Apex PD?"

    Gee, lets see here. uhhhhhhhhh, maybe because he needed a job? Do you have money growing on trees?