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Court agrees: Trooper should get job back

Posted November 23, 2010

— A Superior Court judge ruled Monday that Trooper Charles Jones, who was dismissed from the North Carolina Highway Patrol in September 2007, should be reinstated with back pay and be reimbursed for his attorneys' fees. 

Jones was fired after another trooper turned over two 15-second video clips of Jones suspending his K-9 partner, Ricoh, from a railing and kicking him repeatedly to force him to release a chew toy.

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

In 2008, the State Personnel Commission found his punishment too harsh and ordered that he be reinstated. Two years later, Jones remains off the force.

Judge James E. Hardin agreed that the personnel commission overstepped its bounds and concurred with a previous ruling that he be reinstated with back pay.

Nov. 22, 2010 court order in Charles Jones case

The Highway Patrol can appeal to the North Carolina State Court of Appeals.

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  • eviltwinbob Nov 26, 2010

    doubletrouble,
    Old MP chiming in. Had a canine at Fort Jachson get off leash and no reaspond. It was entering the housing area when the Provost Marshal gave the order to shoot the dog, before it harmed anyone. I shot it and put it down. Canine are not pets, they are weapons of force. When the force could not be controlled, it was stopped. At least Ricoh is alive and well. As I can recall, Ricoh responded to his corrective training, which the courts ruled was within tolerences of training standards of the canine program.
    Whether you like it or not, Charles is going to get his job back with the troopers. Good Luck Charles!

  • Tater Salad Returns Nov 24, 2010

    you mean the 15 seconds of it that you saw on youtube? Pfft, give me a break, and we already know your posting history and your little tiff with Interdiction. - leo-nc

    Yes, I got pulled at 7:20 AM b/c I was playing with my radio and going 45 in a 55 by a state trooper, thus solidifying the FACT that most troopers are as smart as a box of rocks. A jar of pickles has more common sense than to pull some for suspected DUI at 7:20 am for going 45 in a 55 esp when they see the guy banging on his radio trying to get it to work on a cold morning.

    This type of common sense is not required to be a trooper, merely the right the badge grants you as you look down your nose towards the rest of society to judge them yet cower behind the badge when they call you out for violating the law yourself.

    So what about that 15 seconds of youtube video? Was that acceptable trooper behavior? YES OR NO?! Stop avoiding the question and ANSWER!

  • tank1234 Nov 24, 2010

    HE SHOULD NOT BE AROUND DOGS. HE MIGHT KICK KIDS NEXT

  • penny22 Nov 24, 2010

    Open the jail cells.... let all the "other" animal abusers out. Please tell me this guy won't be a K-9 officer again.

  • ncmedic201 Nov 23, 2010

    kgbraswell, get your posters straight. I am not the one who made the comment about the child. Also, I did research police dogs and the use of physical punishment before I made any comments. It is a practice that is used throughout the nation. I also read the legal documents before I commented. Say what you want but the legal system says he has a right to his job back...period

  • pat27617 Nov 23, 2010

    Oh by the way, north korea just bombed the hell out of south korea. How hard is it really to make your mind up about this guy? let's move on to some more pressing business.

  • leo-nc Nov 23, 2010

    "I do not care if he saved the life of the Pope himself while visiting Apex! You seem to have a problem with attention span. You always talk about how great he was to Apex, let's focus on his SHP career! "---

    you mean the 15 seconds of it that you saw on youtube? Pfft, give me a break, and we already know your posting history and your little tiff with Interdiction.

  • teddi3 Nov 23, 2010

    Congratulations to Charles!! He deserved his job back and the reason for the ruling is like everything else you can't just get rid of people and jobs because someone wants you gone. Troopers on the street work hard and put up with a lot that the public does not know. There are many others that should have their jobs back because of wrong doing with investigations and a few that need their jobs taken because of the same reason wrong doing with investigations. Just depends on if the NCSHP needs negative or positive media attention. Glad you won Charles!! Maybe you can make a positive change for others in the same boat accused falsely.

  • stroud448 Nov 23, 2010

    Another sure sign of state politics...they wrongfully fire a employee because of media and now tax payers have to pay him back pay, attny fee's and all the court costs that have built for this case!!!

  • Tater Salad Returns Nov 23, 2010

    Did you not bother to READ the post I made about Charles and what he did while he was in Apex? Did you not bother to read my posts about officers who have truly done wrong or do you choose to ignore those? This place has become a joke and the sad thing is that this place is a small reflection of our society. That is scary... - leo-nc

    I do not care if he saved the life of the Pope himself while visiting Apex! You seem to have a problem with attention span. You always talk about how great he was to Apex, let's focus on his SHP career!

    What about dog kicking, leo?! Was Charles right in what he done? YES OR NO?! IF YES, PLEASE EXPLAIN WITH ARTICULATION AS TO WHY (NOT EXCUSES, LOGICAL REASONS).

    IF NO, CONTINUE TO AVOID THE ISSUE AT HAND BY USING THE TACTIC OF CONVERSATION DIVERSION.

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