Ex-cop to jury: “I was put through the wringer”
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A former Holden Beach Police Officer says she lost her job because she’s a woman. Now Terri Oxford is suing the Town of Holden Beach, and today she took the stand.
Most of day two of the trial was spent on Oxford’s testimony. Oxford says she was “put through the wringer” with the Holden Beach Police Department. She says she was discriminated against and fired in 2008 because she’s a woman. She told the jury that she did not get pay raises that other officers with less experience received. She also said when the department ordered three new patrol cars, she did not get one even though her car had brake issues. Attorneys for the town argue it’s not a matter of gender.
Judge Ola Lewis issued a gag order to keep attorneys on both sides from talking to the media.
Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett has been subpoenaed for the trial, but that does not necessarily mean he will be called in to testify.