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Highway Patrol to fight order to reinstate fired K-9 trooper

Posted October 21, 2008

— The state Highway Patrol decided Monday to appeal an order to reinstate a trooper fired for roughly treating his K-9 partner.

Crime Control and Public Safety Secretary Bryan Beatty made the decision after consulting with the state Attorney General's Office. The appeal will go to state Superior Court.

On Friday, the State Personnel Commission said that Charles Jones should get back his job.

The commission found that the Highway Patrol did not have "just cause to dismiss for unacceptable personal conduct;" however, it did find "sufficient cause for discipline for unsatisfactory job performance," Beatty said.

Jones was fired in September 2007 after another trooper turned over two 15-second video clips of Jones suspending his dog, Ricoh, from a railing and kicking the dog repeatedly to force it to release a chew toy.


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  • cocoaandme98 Oct 28, 2008

    Isn't North Carolina a right to work state? So why should the Highway Patrol have to take him back? Lord knows, most of the public doesn't want him back.

  • LaLa-Land Oct 21, 2008

    I can't believe this mean man got his job back. The footage of him abusing that dog is horrible and needs to be fired permanently.

  • ignc73 Oct 21, 2008

    I hope that if this trooper is somehow re-instated, instead of being jailed like he should be, that he is "trained" in the same way he "trained" his dog. The fact that this person is not behind bars is shameful.

  • Cricket at the lake Oct 21, 2008

    It looks like the State Troopers don't want him back.

  • mrtwinturbo Oct 21, 2008

    Keep in mind that working K9's are tools in law enforcement, just the same as any other tool they use. Or any tool you would use in your job. If you intentionally misuse it, such as say throwing your computer down a flight of stairs you should be fired. I hate to compare the two types of tools. But the officer needs to go flip burgers or something he would be good at hitting or kicking

  • RainierBeer Oct 21, 2008

    this story is like a bad penny, it just keeps showing up. it's plain and simple folks, if i kicked my dog like that and someone video'd it, i'd be in jail for animal cruelty. this trooper needs to go away and stop showing up.

  • ratherbnnc Oct 21, 2008

    Kudos to the State Personnel Commission. Agreed what he did was wrong but others have been kept on for much worse than this. Nothing but politics! Keep up the fight Sgt Jones. Beatty will be gone in January once we have a new Governor.

  • haggis basher Oct 21, 2008

    "Heck, the dog doesn't even remember and is was not hurt."

    Dogs are not that dumb.

  • haggis basher Oct 21, 2008

    They are right to keep fighting it. Anyone that would that to a dog or any animal is NOT LEO material. Period.
    The Officer should have known that and it says a lot about his intelligence and suitability that he would have the audacity to appeal this. He is lucky to have any job in LE let alone back in the Troopers.

  • mmania Oct 21, 2008

    If the dog wasn't fit to be a K-9 officer fine,then off the force he goes, but what he did to this dog was disgusting to say the least. NC doesn't need this kind of "officer" on patrol, what if he looses his cool?

    He's not getting the shaft as UNCFAN thinks.

    The video does speak volumes and I for one couldn't watch after 5 seconds.