Court Says Fired Trooper Seen Kicking His K-9 Should Get Job Back

North Carolina's second highest court says a fired state trooper, seen kicking his K-9 partner nearly five years ago on video, should get be reinstated with back pay.

Charles Jones was fired in 2007 after video surfaced of him kicking "Ricoh" that was recorded by a fellow trooper. Jones sued the state over his firing, and several judges have agreed. On Tuesday the North Carolina Court of Appeals agreed as well.

To read the Appeals Court ruling, click on the link at the top of the story.

Jones was a sergeant with 13 years of service when he was fired in September 2007.

He was fired on the orders of then-Gov. Mike Easley after the video clips surfaced showing the trooper hoisting "Ricoh" off the ground and kicking him five times.

A Wake County judge two years ago ruled that Jones' actions were no worse than the Highway Patrol's accepted methods of training dogs for police service.

There's no word yet whether the state will appeal Tuesday's ruling. “We have been made aware of the court’s decision but have not yet had an opportunity to fully review it or to discuss it with the attorney general’s office. Accordingly, any public statement at this time would be premature,” said First Sergeant Jeff Gordon


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  • by Linda Location: Cove City on Mar 10, 2012 at 02:06 PM
    This guy is a disgrace and so is the Judge that made the ruling about reinstating him or giving him back pay. Since when does someone get back pay for abusing a poor creature that he has been entrusted to care. for. Anyone that abuses an animal or helps cover their meaness is no better than Michael Vick. Vick repented because he got caught. So if I WAS YOUR JUDGE, you would have jail time; you would never dishonor the HP uniform again; you would never be allowed to own or work with animals again. Maybe you like being lifted off the ground and kicked repeatedly without mercy but most animals respond to kindness. To make a long story short you make me sick!
  • by dee on Mar 6, 2012 at 06:54 AM
    they will kick their dogs and people too. i wonder when they assault the people are they fired so quickly?
  • by Luis Location: Greenville on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:53 AM
    This man has no moral compass and should be in jail. If you or i would have done this it would have been an assault on an officer charge. It's time for the police to stop acting like their above the law and it's time for the law to stop bending for crooked cops.
  • by Historical Correct Location: North Carolina on Feb 15, 2012 at 05:15 PM
    Maybe someone should kick him several times. Big and bad trooper beatin on his dog. What a man! Give them a uniform and badge, they think they control the world, that when they not in back seat making out. Virginia State Police would never do this!
  • by susan Location: washington county on Feb 13, 2012 at 03:27 PM
    i think he should not get his job back. anyone cruel to animals,especially a trooper, should not have anymore previleges than a ordinary person, just because he is a trooper.
  • by NO on Feb 12, 2012 at 07:30 PM
    No he should not get job back or back pay. He robbed from his partner because he will never gain his loyalty again. Hope he doesn't have any children that get in his path or make him mad. Rage is a bad thing and he needs help for it. We already have enough officers that react with rage. Learn how to deal with that before you can deal with the public.
  • by This trooper should get kicked on Feb 12, 2012 at 05:19 PM
    I'd love to kick this trooper multiple times. First rate dirt bag
  • by Ron Location: Goldsboro on Feb 12, 2012 at 06:53 AM
    Aren't our Troopers and Officers suspose to be held to a higher standard than the rest of us? The best, cream of the crop ? This guy was on tape abuseing his partner the one that would give his life for him. This guy not being charged with animal abuse as they would charge me if I had been seem doing the same, to me that's a crime itself.Even though some Goverment officials (Fed., State and Local)and Officers feel they are above the law because they are the law is wrong.How is this guy going to treat a supect when no one is looking.This trooper is not one of our findest.Over the years I have lost respect for our law enforcement officers because of act like these and most get swep under the rug so most of us never know anything.A little off the subject but case and point.Years back I lived on the OBX's.selling cars, sold a car to an KDH officers wife and we were talking above how many DWI's were written in Dare county (almost as many of all the other 99 put together.)That's when she told me that each officers(in KDH) would put $50. in a pool on their shift to see could write the most DWI's.Don't get me wrong drunk driver's should be taken off the road but is this action really protect and search or on the edge of harrassment ? Don't trust them anymore,and you folks standing up for this Trooper,I hope you notice the poll.Most of us out here don't share the court or your feeling.
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      by Not anymore on Feb 12, 2012 at 08:32 AM in reply to Ron
      The standard for troopers is in the toilet. Sex scandal and dog abusers. That's all I see.
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      by Worried on Feb 12, 2012 at 09:39 AM in reply to Ron
      No levels of our Gov. seem to hear or even care about the people voice anymore, if they do hear or care they still paid us no attention. We all know deals are made behind closed doors in our court system and I feel sure this is what happen again if the courts have decided to back this Trooper.Somebody knew somebody.Another broom job. People need to wake up, our country is in real trouble. The Trooper should be charged as a criminal. And for the folks in Apex, could they really know who the true man was. If they had seen the tape, think they would still gave the man of year award ?
  • by I don't trust troopers any more on Feb 12, 2012 at 05:22 AM
    If this bozo is out on the roads. I'm just gonna keep on driving if I see the lights. We can settle it in court...
  • by John Location: Deep Run on Feb 12, 2012 at 01:36 AM
    I worked with dogs for 25 years as a Police Officer and never found a need to kick my K-9 partner once. I trained several over those 25 years and some were easier to train than others but NEVER had to resort to kicking one of them. A K-9 is the best and most loyal partner an officer can and will ever have. They will lay their life on the line for you for just a little praise and respect. Have I ever been out of line with my K-9 partner; probably; but never had to resort to downright abuse (kicking/swing it around with a choke collar and leash attached, etc) Put the Trooper on a choke collar and leash and stuff him in a patrol vehicle and haul him around all day and see how he acts when he gets out of the vehicle. He may need a little kick or 5 to his stiff ribs to get him going too.
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