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Video: Court Rules N.C. Trooper who Kicked K-9 Should Get Job Back

February 09, 2012  | 

VIDEO: N.C. Trooper Kicks K-9 Partner

A widely distributed video of a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper hanging and kicking his narcotics-sniffing dog brought an outpouring of sympathy for the Belgian Malinois that stumbled to the ground in the 2007 incident.

On Tuesday, the state Court of Appeals offered support for Charles Jones, the trooper fired amid the emotional fallout from the images, reports the News Observer.

In an opinion affirming findings by a Superior Court judge, a state personnel commission and an administrative law judge, a three-judge appeals court panel ruled that Jones should get his job back with the state Highway Patrol and receive back pay for four years and five months, an amount of more than $200,000.

Tags: North Carolina Highway Patrol, K-9 Units, Animal Cruelty

Comments (11)

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Dep268 @ 2/9/2012 2:13 PM

Another day that I am ashamed of my profession.

TripWire @ 2/9/2012 2:33 PM

This is a travesty that any agency would let this man back on the job. Kinda makes you wish for a little street justice, tie him to a pole and let the dog get some retrobution. There has got to be a better way of weeding out the bullies with badges that get away with acts like this and put them behind bars where they belong.

ponch @ 2/9/2012 3:31 PM

I am ashamed of my profession as well. It only takes one idiot to mess things for good officers. Thanks a lot

AusFost1 @ 2/9/2012 3:50 PM

We can only hope that the poor K9 gets the opportunity to give some payback in a dark warehouse one night. If this is how he treats his partner, imagine how he treats his family.

Scott Pierson Sr @ 2/9/2012 5:11 PM

I am a K9 Handler in NJ. I am also a dog lover. There is no excuse for what he did to this dog. He should NEVER be allowed anywhere near another dog. I would have understood to a point of choke the dog out if he went to light up his handler but only to the point to discourage the K9 from trying to be the Alpha male in the K9 team.

If I had observed this incident I would have been fired because I would have had to give Trooper Jones a taste of his own medicine.

Where is the SPCA when there needed?

David B @ 2/9/2012 6:23 PM

It make me wonder: Why do those judges want this kind of officer out on the street enforcing laws? He was not only abusing an animal but a highly trained K9, bought and payed for by the people of NC. Not only should he have been fired, but he should also have been charged with assaulting a K9!

Trigger @ 2/10/2012 12:50 PM

What an ass. It makes you wonder how many citizens he thumped on when things were not going his way. Three legal minds who lack brains!

P.R. @ 2/10/2012 6:13 PM

We can not blame our profession, we need to blame those that allow this behavior to continue, the courts and so on, in this case. Our profession is still just that, Professional, but there are bad eggs out there, that give us all a bad name. This is disgusting and sad, but he still has one judge awaiting him....

Beverly Tujague @ 2/11/2012 9:08 AM

He needs to be evaluated for sociopathic tendencies and charged for assault on a police officer. I hope the dog falls sick if it is sent to defend this officer's life!

btujague @ 2/11/2012 9:12 AM

It's a shame the judge couldn't be removed. To approve such behavior is why this country is in the state it is in and why crime escalates. Why not be on the wrong side if it is the side that is free?

Fed Cop @ 2/21/2012 7:51 AM

Hey Dep268, if you're ashamed of your profession, THEN GET OUT. I'm proud of the job I do, and of my profession. I've been a cop for 22 years, and proud of it. Just because there are a few officers that screw up, does not make the entire profession bad.

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