Don Ashley filed a wrongful termination suit after he was let go from his job at the Caddo District Attorney’s Office in Louisiana, according to the Shreveport Times. Ashley claims he was let go in retaliation for raising concerns earlier this month after the DA’s office purchased eight M16 machine guns.
Ashley has worked in the DA’s office since 1994 after serving 21 years as a Shreveport Police Officer. According to court reports, Ashley alleges he was fired by District Attorney Charles Scott “because he had gone outside the office by disclosing the machine gun purchase.” Ashley brought the purchase to the attention of Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator.
Scott denied any wrongdoing in the weapons purchase. He claims they were obtained legally and properly. Scott claims that Ashley’s dismissal has nothing to do with the weapons purchase. Ashley alludes that the line between the police force and the DA’s office has become increasingly blurred, with attorneys participating in arrests in some instances.
“I believe he [Ashley] is trying to come up with issues to secure his newfound claim he was trying to be a whistleblower,” said Assistant District Attorney Lea Hall.
So if not for raising concerns about the purchase, why was Ashley terminated after such a long career? It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I think most responsible office workers would have questions if their supervisor purchased a large number of automatic weapons.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—California employment attorneys