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Trooper fired for kicking police dog wants job back

There are 158 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 29, 2008, titled Trooper fired for kicking police dog wants job back. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Dog handlers for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol have stunned dogs with tasers, swung them by their leashes until they became airborne and hit them with plastic bottles full of pebbles.

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Dog Handler

Dallas, TX

#29 Apr 29, 2008
CBS Channel 11 news
Be sure to note Lt. Clendenins statement of his ignorance of the situation. Sound familiar

By Anthony Wilson

RALEIGH -- A former state trooper is expected in court Wednesday.

Steven Bradley is charged with DWI, carrying a concealed weapon and child abuse.

Bradley resigned from the N.C. Highway Patrol shortly after officers charged him with those offenses. All the charges are serious, but the accusation of assaulting two law officers stunned fellow law enforcement officers.
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"If it's happened since I've been doing this job I don't recall it," Lt. Everett Clendenins, N.C. Highway Patrol, said.

Bradley allegedly attacked two officers while resisting arrest and carrying a concealed weapon. It happened late last year as officers investigated a wreck involving Bradley.

"We know that alcohol impairs your decision making," Clendenin said. "It impairs your thought process."

Court documents show his blood-alcohol level was six points over the limit -- two hours after he wrecked his car.

The wreck happened along Jones Franklin Road between Raleigh and Cary. Investigators say Bradley drove into a pond with his children in the car. It's the reason why he's charged with child abuse.

Before his legal trouble, the Bradley family appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in a segment about upper middle-class families dealing with debt.

Since: Apr 08

United States

#30 Apr 29, 2008
that's animal cruelty plain and simple!

bring in cesar milan and 'daddy' to show him how to treat dogs.
Dog Handler

Dallas, TX

#31 Apr 29, 2008
Posted by: , 04/22/08
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C.— A former state Highway Patrol trooper pleaded guilty Tuesday to 10 separate charges, including kidnapping, extortion and sexual battery.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that prosecutors say trooper Michael Steele kissed, touched or fondled three Hispanic women, threatening to arrest them or turn them over to immigration authorities if they did not comply.

Steele asked that he not be sentenced on the same day as his plea because he and his partner are expecting a baby.

Steele's attorney, Early Kenan, asked Judge Allen Baddour to delay the sentencing to June, but the judge set it for May 20.

Steele faces up to 442 months, or nearly 36 years, in prison.

Dog Handler

Dallas, TX

#32 Apr 29, 2008
Please be sure to read the article posted on . Notice the heading starts with "Someone...."
The vet in charge of these dogs says nothing i wrong with Ricoh. He has been removed from service though. I would like to know what they mean by "removed from service".
Investigating the NC State Troopers for their abuse record is beginning to reveal, to say the least, some interesting information regarding their record, including child abuse.
Folks, don't let this slide. Keep up with it. Lets see if the powers that be in the NC State Troopers organization are going to get away with this.

Now I want to know if animal abuse charges have been made, probably not since the NC State Troopers don't see anything wrong with what has happened.

Raleigh, NC -- A court hearing began Monday to decide whether a state trooper fired for alleged animal abuse will get his job back.

Former Sgt. Charles Jones, a 12-year veteran in charge of K-9 training for the Highway Patrol, was fired in September after another trooper turned over two 15-second video clips of him allegedly abusing his K-9 partner, Ricoh.

(Caution: Contents of the video may disturb some viewers.)

The Office of Administrative Hearings – a quasi-judicial agency – began proceedings Monday in a lawsuit that Jones filed against the state in December, alleging that procedures were violated when he was fired. The hearing will reconvene on Tuesday.

Monday's proceedings focused on the video clips that Trooper Ray Herndon recorded on his cell phone after he saw Jones using what he thought might be abusive techniques at a training exercise in Garner last summer.

Chicago, IL

#33 Apr 29, 2008
Someone should kick Sgt. Charles L. Jones in his vagina.
Dog Handler

Dallas, TX

#35 Apr 29, 2008
Read this story. Two charges of misconduct again these troopers that were reversed. Do you folks in NC know you are paying state troopers to have "extra marital" sex in their police cars while on duty. And there is nothing wrong with it.

Highway Patrol Releases Records Detailing Officer Punishments

Posted: Oct. 24, 2007 3:32 p.m.
Updated: Oct. 25, 2007 10:45 a.m.

Crime Control and Public Safety Secretary Bryan Beatty defended the integrity of the State Highway Patrol on Wednesday as he released a list of two dozen internal affairs cases detailing punishment doled to officers.

The five-page list, which covers cases from December 1997 to August 2005, includes a variety of sexual misconduct, mostly involving off-duty affairs that led to disciplinary action ranging from one-day suspensions to demotions and dismissals.

An administrative law judge has ordered the Highway Patrol to produce those records for a court case involving former Trooper Monty Stevens Poarch, who was fired in 2003 for having sex in his patrol cruiser and at a district station.

Beatty said Wednesday he wanted to make them public all at once.

"I will take a black eye today if it will advance the integrity of the patrol for the future," he said.

Poarch's attorney has said the patrol fired Poarch while it only suspended other troopers for serious misconduct.

The list has five cases in which troopers had sex on duty. In three cases, the troopers resigned in lieu of being fired. In one case, a trooper was suspended without pay for one day because the claims could not be substantiated. In a 1998 case, a trooper was suspended without pay for three days.

Beatty said sexual misconduct has been an ongoing problem in all of law enforcement, but that such behavior will not be tolerated by the Highway Patrol.

"Sex on duty will result in dismissal," he said.

"People have to understand the difference between the patrol car and the bedroom," he said later.

Beatty also endorsed how the commander of the 1,800-member force, Col. Fletcher Clay, has handled internal affairs cases.

"We want to assure the public that we will not tolerate serious misconduct," he said. "We will make every effort to maintain the very high standards that the public expects from members of law enforcement."

The patrol's reputation has come under fire as similar cases have recently surfaced recently.

Trooper Scott Harrison was dismissed in August after being accused of targeting young women for overnight traffic stops. After a judge ruled Harrison's credibility was "unworthy of belief," the Wake County district attorney dismissed dozens of charges Harrison had brought against motorists.

Less than a week later, in September, Trooper Michael A. Steele resigned amid allegations that he forced two women he pulled over on separate occasions to kiss him.

A few days later, Sgt. Charles L. Jones was fired after allegations that he abused a dog during a training exercise.

A fourth trooper was fired for undisclosed reasons in late September, and Sgt. John Warren was placed on investigative leave after being charged with driving while impaired.

"You're talking about, in the grand scheme of things, a very small number (of incidents of misconduct), but even that small number can lead the public to perceive there's a serious problem," Beatty said.

Last month, Gov. Mike Easley directed Clay and Beatty to review the patrol's hiring and screening process as well as its supervisory procedures. Beatty said Wednesday, he will have an independent consultant to conduct that review.

"We will not tolerate behavior that blemishes the reputation of the patrol or of law enforcement in general," Beatty said.
Copyright 2008 by and the Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Virginia Beach, VA

#36 Apr 29, 2008
This "guy" did the crime and needs to serve some time! Try him and let the jury convict him and then it's slammer time dude!
just me

Pleasanton, CA

#37 Apr 29, 2008
What a total jerk........I hope he never gets his job back.............

San Pablo, CA

#38 Apr 29, 2008
Those dogs are fellow officers. These cops all need to be incarcerated.

San Pablo, CA

#40 Apr 29, 2008
Dog Handler wrote:
Official:'Political Intervention' Prevented Due Process in Trooper Firing
Posted: Apr. 18, 2008 11:59 a.m.
Updated: Apr. 18, 2008 7:23 p.m.
A senior member of the North Carolina Highway Patrol says he was forced, by political pressure from the governor’s press office, to fire a sergeant without due process.
Lt. Col. Cecil Lockley fired Sgt. Charles Jones after a fellow trooper turned over a cell phone video of Jones allegedly using abusive training techniques with his police dog, Ricoh.
Jones, who coordinated K-9 training for the Highway Patrol, sued the state, alleging that procedures were violated when he was fired in September.
In a deposition Tuesday, Lockley testified that, in his opinion,“unlawful political intervention occurred in this case.”
“If the governor’s press office had not intervened in this matter and (had) let the case run its course, I would not have come to the same conclusion as I did on Sep. 9, 2007,” Lockley wrote.
However, in documents filed in court late Friday, the Highway Patrol said Lockley's actions were not the final decision and that it was ultimately the decision of Bryan Beatty, secretary of the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.
"Therefore, any potential violation of policy or procedure on behalf of Lt. Colonel Lockley was remedied by Secretary Beatty's subsequent and independent review of all relevant and pertinent information prior to entering the final decision," the state asserted.
The governor's press office would not comment Friday, citing the pending litigation.
Court documents described the incident, which began when Ricoh refused to release a chew reward, as Jones was tying the dog's leash to a high railing so that only his hind legs touched the ground, then kicking the dog four times to leave it dangling on its leash and collar.
In his lawsuit, Jones cites training techniques the general public might not understand.
Lockley said he felt Jones "acted in the manner he was trained."
The video hasn't been released, and a spokesperson for the patrol says the district attorney is reviewing it for possible criminal charges.
Jones' civil trial begins April 28.
Copyright 2008 by . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Those poor dogs. these idiots need to be put away for life. No one should ever hire them. If they're violent toward animals, it is almost GUARANTEED they will be violent toward humans.

San Pablo, CA

#41 Apr 29, 2008
BigDog wrote:
Someone should kick Sgt. Charles L. Jones in his vagina.
Let me cut it all off with a butter knife. Lord knows no decent woman would touch a guy like this with a 10' pole

Chicago, IL

#42 Apr 29, 2008
I say....Do to the handlers what they did to the animals and see how dicipline they get from that training.

Tallahassee, FL

#43 Apr 29, 2008
You can shoot an innocent, unarmed black man dead, and walk; but you lose your job for kicking a dog.

I'm trying to work out on what planet this makes sense.

Skokie, IL

#44 Apr 29, 2008
Any cop who would treat his partner like that can not be trusted. The dog IS his partner. If he could lost it that bad over a toy just think what he could do with a gun in his hand.
He not only should have been fired but punished for violatiing crulity to animals laws. An orental punishment of say 40 or 50 lashes with an one inch bamboo rod would work. Where did they find this town-clown anyway. He sure is not police material.

Michigan City, IN

#45 Apr 29, 2008
Hope that Dog goes for that piece of craps throat,If the Dog ever see's the CRAPHEAD again.Maybe the Judge can award the Dog payback time one on one in a locked cage.(Bet the Dog would win)
Scared Sister

Elgin, IL

#46 Apr 29, 2008
I really hope there is a special place in Hell for people like this guy. They need to be used as human fire hydrats by animals or something far worse. Honest to goodness why mistreat innocent animals? What a bully! He needs to pick on someone his own size while looking for a different profession!

Berwyn, IL

#47 Apr 29, 2008
Kick this guy in the a__ and show him the door. Better yet put him jail for a while! Find a new job and consider your self lucky.

Chicago, IL

#48 Apr 29, 2008
put the guy in prison with some of the folks he helped put away.....

Chicago, IL

#49 Apr 29, 2008

Conroe, TX

#50 Apr 29, 2008
If we can do the same thing that idiot did to his dog then maybe give him is job back.

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