- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled that a former Asheville policeman fired because racist and pornographic images were found on his personal computer must be reinstated.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (https://avlne.ws/1lVuqP6) officer Roger Aly rented the computer from a store in 2009. The next user found the images and complained.

Then-Police Chief William Hogan fired Aly in June 2010, and City Manager Gary Jackson upheld the decision. Aly said the images were sent to him by others and had apparently gotten on his computer when he backed up his Blackberry. He said he didn’t know the images were on his computer.

Judge Mark Davis wrote in Tuesday’s 3-0 decision that Aly was discharged for what amounted to negligence in failing to ‘wipe’ his rented computer before its return.


Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com

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