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Police Officer Claims Firing Over Parking Ticket

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File photo of a police cruiser with its lights on. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of a police cruiser with its lights on. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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NORTHPORT, Ala. (AP) — A Northport police officer is fighting his dismissal by claiming he was fired for giving a ticket to another police officer.

Terry Zilke contends he was fired from the Northport Police Department after ticketing a fellow officer for parking in a handicapped spot.

The Tuscaloosa News (http://bit.ly/19nnQhg) reports that a civil service board upheld Zilke’s dismissal, so he filed an appeal Monday in Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court.

The complaint says a supervisor instructed Zilke to issue a ticket to another officer on Sept. 26. That officer filed a harassment complaint against Zilke, who was fired in October.

The Civil Service Board heard evidence and upheld the officer’s termination at a hearing on Dec. 17.

Zilke is asking to be reinstated and reimbursed for lost pay and benefits.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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