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Fired Muslim Tennessee Trooper Seeks Damages

July 13, 2015  | 

Photo: Tennessee Department of Safety
Photo: Tennessee Department of Safety

A Sunni Muslim state trooper who convinced a judge he was fired for his faith now wants the Tennessee Department of Safety to pay a financial price for its discrimination, reports Knoxville News Sentinel.

De'Ossie Dingus is appealing a federal judge's decision not to assess damages against his former employer.

U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell found the agency violated the rights of Dingus by firing him in 2010 after a military liaison dubbed the 10-year Tennessee Highway Patrol veteran a budding terrorist without any proof.

Campbell declined, though, to award damages for two key reasons: Dingus already won in an administrative appeal back pay and retirement benefits for his 10 years of service, and Dingus himself was reluctant to talk money at last year's trial in his civil-rights lawsuit.

Dingus' lawyer, on the other hand, sees the issue as one of punishment and deterrence. A state agency that suffers no repercussions for its wrongs is unlikely to change, he said.

The judge ruled safety department officials were "all too eager to accept Maj. Taylor's belief that because Mr. Dingus was a Muslim, he was dangerous."

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Capt. Ahab @ 7/13/2015 5:00 PM

The Koran and Hathis teach that ALL Muslims are required to support and engage in "jihad." ("Holy war.") This mandate is central to Islam and is emphasized second only to worship the Muslim god ("Allah.") It is a central fact that a devout Muslim must support Jihad. The greedy claim here is also barred because his dubious discrimination case has already been settled!

Ironically, this case is being reported at the same time as an unrelated case in which the son of a prominent police officer was caught planning a massacre utilizing explosives and possibly firearms.

S.S. @ 7/14/2015 9:29 AM

dingus has NO place in law enforcement here in the U.S. Especially NOW!!! Can we really afford this risk?

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