“She has been terminated for violations of personnel rules and regulations in the intolerable category,” Benton said in a text message to WDHN/DothanFirst.com. Carney was placed on administrative leave December 9th, the same day as the incident took place.
Sources familiar with the situation say Carney used her department issued cruiser to block a man described as her boyfriend from leaving her home. Multiple officers in the department confirm her car was confiscated after the man called dispatchers and officers responded to the scene.
Carney was suspended and placed probation earlier this year because of Facebook comments she made online. The posts appeared favorable toward a Los Angeles police officer believed responsible for California shootings that left four people dead. The officer later died as officers stormed a remote cabin where he was hiding.
"The Dothan Police Department accused her of “gross insubordination,” yet she was an off-duty victim of a minor domestic incident," said Sonya Edwards, the Birmingham attorney who represents Carney.. "The evidence will show that the department not only failed to properly investigate the incident on Corporal Carney’s behalf as a citizen, but quickly leaked select details of the incident and investigation to the press in an apparent attempt to disparage her character. We believe Corporal Carney is being railroaded and that the department’s true motive is retaliation based on Corporal Carney’s pending discrimination, harassment, and constitutional claims. Corporal Carney plans to appeal her termination."
Carney is appealing her first suspension—the one for online posts---to Houston County Circuit Court.