Alabama police officer claims firing over parking ticket

Alabama police officer claims firing over parking ticket

December 24th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

NORTHPORT, Ala. - A Northport police officer is fighting his dismissal by claiming he was fired for giving a ticket to another police officer.

Terry Zilke contends he was fired from the Northport Police Department after ticketing a fellow officer for parking in a handicapped spot.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that a civil service board upheld Zilke's dismissal, so he filed an appeal Monday in Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court.

The complaint says a supervisor instructed Zilke to issue a ticket to another officer on Sept. 26. That officer filed a harassment complaint against Zilke, who was fired in October.

The Civil Service Board heard evidence and upheld the officer's termination at a hearing on Dec. 17.

Zilke is asking to be reinstated and reimbursed for lost pay and benefits.