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Former K-9 trooper files suit to get his job back

Posted September 28, 2010

— After Trooper Charles Jones was caught on video kicking his K-9 partner and dismissed from the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the State Personnel Commission found his punishment too harsh.

The commission ruled in October 2008 that Jones should be reinstated. Almost two years later, Jones has filed suit over the delay in getting his job back.

Jones filed suit in Johnston County Superior Court on Monday against former Gov. Mike Easley, Everette Clendenin, the former spokesman for the Highway Patrol and others, according to John Midgette, executive director of the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association.

The PBA is supporting Jones in the suit.

The state agency fired Jones in September 2007 after another trooper turned over two 15-second video clips of Jones suspending his dog, Ricoh, a Belgian Mallinois, from a railing and kicking him repeatedly to force him to release a chew toy.

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Jones maintained the treatment was a training technique, but patrol leaders said Jones, who coordinated training for the force's K-9 unit, crossed the line from training to abuse and acted in a way inconsistent with his own training.

In October 2008, the commission ordered the Highway Patrol to reinstate Jones, finding that it did not have "just cause to dismiss for unacceptable personal conduct.” It did find, however, "sufficient cause for discipline for unsatisfactory job performance.”

Patrol leaders said they initially planned to discipline Jones but decided to fire him when then-Gov. Easley's office intervened.

The state suspended the patrol's K-9 program after the video became public, and implemented a new program with new dogs and handlers in June 2009.

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  • wolfpack71 Sep 30, 2010

    "Maybe you're the type of person that brings that out in him. He's never been that way with me or any of the other folks I know.. I don't know if you are a trooper but if you are, YOU need to go.. If not, then whatever.."

    It sounds like you are totally fooled by his 'act'.
    I can say that he does have something of a split personality, I have witnessed it and know plenty of other people in law enforcement who have a real problem with him.
    One day you will see the truth if you're around him long enough.

  • leo-nc Sep 29, 2010

    "I DO know who he is and I can say fully that he is very hateful."---

    Maybe you're the type of person that brings that out in him. He's never been that way with me or any of the other folks I know.. I don't know if you are a trooper but if you are, YOU need to go.. If not, then whatever..

  • leo-nc Sep 29, 2010

    "
    I DO know who he is and I can say fully that he is very hateful. When this first happened in 2007 I was not surprised. I knew it was only a matter of time. He is good at hiding what he is from a lot of people to save face, but I can tell you, HE IS A HORRIBLE PERSON. IT HAS FINALLY BECAME PUBLIC."---

    If that's the case, takes one to know one...

  • sunneyone Sep 29, 2010

    eviltwinbob, he's there on video hanging his dog on a staircase, kicking the dog (HIS PARTNER!) and then walking away leaving the dog hanging. I don't need to "visualize" anything.

  • wolfpack71 Sep 29, 2010

    "you people are mindless sheep. Charles is not a dog beater, abuser or one that has anger management issues. He is calm, quiet in personality. He is experienced in his field and others learn from his example. Those of you that do not knowe: 1. Charles, 2. Law Enforcement K-9's, 3.Ricoh are using this forum to vent about this issue that you know nothing about. Take the time to get to know at least two of the afoirementioned three before you bash Charles."

    I DO know who he is and I can say fully that he is very hateful. When this first happened in 2007 I was not surprised. I knew it was only a matter of time. He is good at hiding what he is from a lot of people to save face, but I can tell you, HE IS A HORRIBLE PERSON. IT HAS FINALLY BECAME PUBLIC.

  • eviltwinbob Sep 29, 2010

    Also this point, if the training program was correct and Charles violated the policy, then why the need to scrap it along with the dogs and officers in the program? If it was simply one bad apple as you want to beleive why would there be a complete overhaul in the face of the budget crunch. The dogs are not cheap and training new officers gets real expensive, so why do it if Charles is the single bad seed? Truth is he is not the bad person all wish to visualize. Maybe the evidence in court showed this, so the panel granted Charles his job back. Maybe Ricoh is not a mild mannered pet that can be asked to sit and fetch. For all of those bashing Charles, let Ricoh get a hold on your forearm, clamp down drawing blood, and the ignore Charles' command to release. Just how much b#@%&ing would you be doing about Charles then?

  • eviltwinbob Sep 29, 2010

    you people are mindless sheep. Charles is not a dog beater, abuser or one that has anger management issues. He is calm, quiet in personality. He is experienced in his field and others learn from his example. Those of you that do not knowe: 1. Charles, 2. Law Enforcement K-9's, 3.Ricoh are using this forum to vent about this issue that you know nothing about. Take the time to get to know at least two of the afoirementioned three before you bash Charles. If you do not you are speaking from ignorance. The state, nay, the governor stuck his nose into an issue that he needed not and cause the fearful to worry about their jobs and act. But with all of the bleeding heart liberals in here, no one will dare address that issue. I do hope that all that are bashing Charles never have a position hungry Judas attempt to weed you out to get your position. You will then know how wrong you were to write negative words on this subject.
    Your bashing is useless. The courts has spoken that Charles will get

  • Vietnam Vet Sep 28, 2010

    If the patrol was going to discipline him administratively until some political shennanigans from Gov. Easley's office I think he should be reinstated however NOT as a K-9 officer. There was no reason for the governor's office to intervene!

  • saywhaaaaat Sep 28, 2010

    This guy is SICK! PETA come and get him!

  • crustyhalo Sep 28, 2010

    seriously ? Wants his job back ! Animal abuser...what will he do to the public if they dont respond to his (command)?

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