Fired Mocksville police officers’ case goes to federal court
By MARTHA WAGGONER and TOM FOREMAN JR.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Three officers who say they were fired for telling state officials about corruption within the Mocksville Police Department will finally have their case heard by a jury.
The trial is scheduled to begin Monday in U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem.
The three former officers say they were fired in December 2011 for reporting their concerns to the governor’s office, which they say violates their First Amendment right to free speech.
They sued in 2012 and are seeking at least $100,000 each in damages and their jobs back for wrongful termination and other complaints.
In its response, the town says the three were fired for misconduct and that former Police Chief Robert Cook didn’t know about the call to the governor’s office when he fired them.
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