WVa Policeman Says He Was Fired For Making Arrests

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Terra Alta, W.Va. (AP) -- A former Terra Alta police officer says he did his job well -- so well, that he believes it got him fired.

Michael Daff alleges in a lawsuit filed in Preston County Circuit Court that he was fired from the police force in March for making too many arrests -- including arrests of elected officials' family members.

The 36-year-old Daff, now a police officer in Masontown, claims he was never written up or reprimanded in his roughly 11 months on the job.

He also says town officials told nearby police departments that he was fired for having a gambling problem.

He says this caused him emotional distress.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Terra Alta mayor Charles Feather and town attorney Sheila Williams declined to comment on the lawsuit.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Eric Location: Parkersburg on Jun 29, 2009 at 08:41 PM
    What the officer does in his own spare time without jeopardizing his position as a police man (such as making porn movies or engaging in other conduct that would detract from the officers (or the police departmetns') credibility if the officer was required to testify in court). If gambling arose to such a level that the police officer would not arrest loan sharks, or persons working in the gambling parlors, etc., then he may be derelict in his duties and either reprimanded or terminated. When your personal life bleeds over into your professional life and creates problems, only then, and onmly then, should his job performance be brought into issue.
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