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Judge orders $100K damages for ex-THP trooper fired for Muslim faith

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De'Ossie Dingus, a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper fired after he was labeled a potential jihadist. (TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL) De'Ossie Dingus, a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper fired after he was labeled a potential jihadist. (TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL)
KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) -

What price being falsely labeled a potential terrorist and railroaded out of the law enforcement job solely because of one's faith as a Sunni Muslim?

After years of legal wrangling, a federal judge this week had the answer for former Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper De'Ossie Dingus — $100,000.

U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell this week ordered the state to pay Dingus $100,000 in damages for his wrongful termination and years of discrimination that culminated with Dingus accused of being a potential terrorist for questioning the propriety of a training video.

"He was treated as a threat," the judge wrote. "He was labeled as a possible terrorist-in-the-making. He was subjected to humiliating circumstances. All because he is a Sunni Muslim."

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