Judge orders $100K damages for ex-THP trooper fired for Muslim faith
Dingus, a military veteran who worked for the THP for a decade, was fired in 2010.
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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