Former N.C. trooper who kicked K-9 sues to get job back

By Dan Kane
The News & Observer

RALEIGH, N.C. A former state Highway Patrol canine handler fired for abusing a police dog is suing to get his job back. He contends that patrol officials rushed to get rid of him out of fear the public would not understand that what he did to train the dog did not amount to mistreatment.

Sgt. Charles L. Jones was fired three months ago after he kicked a police dog four times while it was nearly suspended off the ground, causing the dog to swing in the air for a second each time, according to patrol documents filed Wednesday with Jones' complaint. Jones cited internal patrol communications that suggest other police dog control tactics are just as rough but are standard practice.

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