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Former Raleigh police officer says he was fired for owning craft distillery

Posted August 1, 2019 8:46 p.m. EDT
Updated August 2, 2019 1:17 a.m. EDT

— Eric Tansey, a Raleigh police officer for more than seven years, is off the job. He says he was fired for insubordination.

Tansey said in a video that was uploaded to the Raleigh Police Protective Association Facebook page Thursday night, "I was fired for simply owning a craft distillery. After eight years of faithfully serving to Raleigh police Department, today I was fired."

This all started three years ago. He said he and a few friends built and opened InStill Distilling Company in Clayton. It’s veteran-owned and operated.

Tansey says he pushed his supervisors for the exact reason he was fired. He said he asked to speak with Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown, but the request fell on deaf ears. Internal affairs also launched an investigation, which ended Thursday.

Now, the longtime officer is off the job, and questions linger despite rules in place about owning a business that sells alcohol.

WRAL News was unable to get a comment or more details from Raleigh police on Thursday evening. In the meantime, Tansey said he will continue to fight to get his job back.