The latest scandal
to emerge from the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s ranks is once again calling the
patrol’s allegedly fraudulent personnel practices into question.
According to The
Associated Press, THP Trooper Archie Story claims he is being fired from
the patrol, after he complained to his supervisors about being forced to fix a
ticket and change an accident report.
Further details on
who the ticket was originally issued to have not emerged. However, Story – a
trooper with the patrol for nine years – said he filed the complaint in
January, and was notified of his termination five days later, according to The
THP officials have
denied the claim, saying that Story’s firing has nothing to do with his
complaint, but rather with two accident scenes he arrived to late, The AP reported.
Story’s firing is
the latest in a string of
scandals to emerge from Tennessee’s state and local police forces, most of
which originated from an ongoing investigation by the Nashville newspaper The
Tennessean. The newspaper has uncovered more than a dozen incidents, with
allegations ranging from sexual misconduct to high-level cronyism throughout
the state’s police force and various levels of government.