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LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- A former Leland police officer claims the town fired him improperly. Now his lawsuit against the town has moved to federal court.

Former officer John Blasingame says when he was fired in 2012, the town did not follow its own personnel policy, which Blasingame argues is an ordinance the town must follow.

Leland's attorney Norwood Blanchard says tat is completely wrong. He says the policy is a resolution, which means it's less formal.

Section 1 of the policy reads, "The employment relationship between the town and the employee is terminable at any time and with or without cause and with or without notice."

"The town did comply with its personnel policy and certainly didn't violate any due process
rights," Blanchard said.

In his federal lawsuit, Blasingame says he was told he was discharged for multiple policy violations, including computer trespassing, assault by pointing a gun, conduct unbecoming of an officer and insubordination. But Blasingame says he had already been disciplined for the issues.

"He may not have agreed with the reasons for his termination, which is understandable," Blanchard said. "Employees who are terminated often don't agree with the reasons for their termination, but that didn't make them invalid or improper reasons."

Blasingame also objects to the fact that when he appealed his termination, the appeal was heard and decided by Town Manager David Hollis, who had a hand in the firing to begin with.

Blasingame also mentions his post traumatic stress disorder from his military experience. He says the town never took his condition into consideration. But Blanchard says that should not have been a factor, because pre-employment psychological screenings deemed Blasingame suitable to work.

The town requested the case moved to federal court based on Blasingame's claim his constitutional rights were violated.

"The town intends to vigorously defend the lawsuit, and we anticipate that it'll be dismissed," Blanchard said. "The claims don't have any merit."

Blasingame was one of five officers fired or who resigned in the spring of 2012. He is the only one who did not lose his law enforcement certification. He currently works for the Navassa Police Department.

We tried reach Blasingame's attorney for comment, but he has not returned our calls.

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leland police

Someone needs to look at who is doing the hiring for the Leland Police department. There has been way too many problems there. Leland should never have been incorporated, there seems to be nothing but crooks in Leland, the police department is a fine example.

I'm confused, JC. You

I'm confused, JC. You claimed you were going to get six figures while you were also bragging about your 100% VA disability. Short a zero, hero. You are right. Navassa should really consider your PTSD. Or was it roid rage/drug abuse? Hard call. And you went from being a bouncer at a sleazy downtown bar to working at Crosswinds Church overnight? Wow.

Wondering which "attorney" he's gonna use?

He was one of the "Leland 5". Oh come on now you remember? Those were the ones that were little mister put upons. Everybody was picking on them and they did absolutely nothing wrong. Hey John you gonna pay Tommy Hicks a bunch of money like your friends did and got took? If you are even thinking about him than I got some prime land in the desert to sell you. Oh I forgot you spent too much time there already too. Here we go again. Oh Mr. Roman wanted to know what the Town Attorney thought of all this and what was he doing? Blanchard is the attorney that the Town uses not the guy that sits in on the meetings. Just Sayin!

Litigation

This makes two, that we know of, lawsuits against the Town of Leland and their police department.

How much money is the town spending on legal fees? I would be curious to find out. I can't imagine how much the town is spending on lawyers. Where is the Town Attorney in all of this?

Whatever happened to the other lawsuit that was filed? Town secretly settle it and not let us know?

Bernie

They want it both ways

"He says the policy is a resolution, which means it's less formal."

"In his federal lawsuit, Blasingame says he was told he was discharged for multiple policy violations,..."

So when it benefits Leland, policies are less formal but when it is in their favor, they are valid reasons to be fired.

Can't have it both ways. I hope he wins.

Guesty, shut up. I just

Guesty, shut up. I just reviewed articles where you bashed this person for what they were fired for in 2012, demanding Leland to do something about him. You seemed to have an unusual interest in all the LPD happenings then - against the officers - and now you want this yahoo to win? I think whoever he pulled a gun on should have pressed charges against him (all of them) and let's not forget he's named in the other lawsuit as an officer who illegally searched and arrested a man. You are a yahoo yourself. Maybe you live off of disability, unemployment, and frivolous lawsuits and that's why you have time to comment ALL day about EVERYTHING.

and?

I may have bashed him in the past and that still doesn't change this very simple fact; the town can't have it both ways. If it is a policy that they fired him by, then it is policy they have to follow. He was reprimanded for his violations and then punished a second time by being fired.

Don't worry about me sunshine, I'm college educated with a professional job I've had for close to twenty years.

Well, then as a college

Well, then as a college educated professional you should know:

1) NC is an at-will state.
2) He was not "reprimanded" accordingly to his deeds, which I'm sure was part of the case for Jayne and the command staff's dismissal.
3) Section 1 covers the town for basically anything that occurred in the firing process - "with or without cause."

and

4) It the process, not the policy, that is less formal.

Aren't you the one who posted irrelevant articles about Blasingame expending rounds into the air in his neighborhood on New Year's Eve?

That has been covered

As I said, yes, I made comments about him and his actions. I may have even said he should be fired. And to be fired they need to follow their policy and procedure. And he was punished according to policy. Then the town came back and went a second round for what he had already been punished for. And now they claim the policies aren't written in stone. My issue is it is another example of government saying do as I say, not as I do.

BTW, nice user name. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Is this guy a "Victim", or a

Is this guy a "Victim", or a "Professional- Victim, Con Artist" ?There is a difference between the two.

Was this guy was one of

Was this guy was one of Chief Jayne's cronies ? Did he have a hand in abusing that female officer ? If he was mistreated, I'm pulling for him. But if he was a "bad apple". It's good they got rid of him. And I hope they stand up to him.

I hope this guy isn't shooting for a "crazy check", from the Army. I know a former supply specialist who laughed and said "I'm not crazy, until I'm certified crazy. Then I'll be "fully crazy", when I can get my full disability benefits." Needless to say, he also had a "hurt back", from the Army, even though he is an avoid bodybuilder. He is not even 30 years old.

We have too many people riding on the Chuck-Wagon, feeling entitled, and not enough, pulling. But that's just my opinion.

Too many people riding in the chuck wagon ...

That's the best phrase I've heard in a long time. My compliments.

leland police

that is the first time I have seen CRACK spelled C-h-u-c-k?

Go Ahead!

Go Ahead big guy...

Hope you win and win big. I think Leland is due for a name change...

Town of Blasingame has a nice ring to it...