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Judge upholds terminated officer's suspension

Former officer disciplined, fired for two separate incidents
A Houston County judge Tuesday upheld the suspension of a Dothan police officer who was later terminated from the department. Raemonica Carney was suspended 10 days last year after posting comments to her Facebook page that the city contends were against policy.

After Carney appealed the suspension, the Personnel Board ruled Police Chief Greg Benton acted appropriately in suspending Carney and placing her on department probation.

In a later, separate incident Carney was fired in December after being involved in an off-duty domestic incident involving her boyfriend. She has appealed the termination to the Personnel Board but a hearing on that matter is not scheduled at this time.

In the ruling regarding Carney’s suspension Circuit Judge Butch Binford said “The Court finds that there was substantial evidence presented to the Personnel Board to support the Board’s decision. Therefore the decision of the Board is hereby affirmed.”

The Facebook posts were in response to a shooting spree by Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner who later died in a standoff with other officers.

Binford’s ruling comes one day after the Personnel Board found Benton was correct to terminate Police Captain Keith Gray for violation of department policy.

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