Fired Dothan Officer Appeals Termination

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A decision concerning former Dothan Police officer RaeMonica Carney's termination will not be made today.

Thursday’s hearing still has to be transcribed. At that point, the personnel board will make a decision. This process could take several weeks.

Carney's attorney is asking for her job to be restored with back pay, benefits, and to restore her good standing in the community. If her termination is upheld, she can appeal, once again, to circuit court.

Carney was fired on December 16th for “gross insubordination”.

She is accused of blocking her fiancé’s, Kenneth Cloyd, car in her driveway with her patrol car during a domestic dispute.
Cloyd called police during the argument.

Multiple police officers testified at Thursday’s appeal hearing that Carney refused direct orders to move the car.

Carney said she was never asked to move the car.

Her attorney, Sonya Edwards, argued the department’s handbook didn’t fully lay out the differences between insubordination and gross insubordination.

Carney also claims police were not interested in her side of the story. She said the department was looking for a reason to fire her.

Carney was also suspended in March 2013 for 10 days for violating the department’s social media policy. The suspension was upheld by Circuit Court Judge Butch Binford in January.

Carney and Cloyd are now married living in Kentucky.

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