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Settlement reached in North Carolina lawsuit by former acting Capitol Police chief


RALEIGH, North Carolina — The former interim chief of the Capitol Police in Raleigh has reached a settlement in his lawsuit against the state alleging that he was improperly fired.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported ( that Antonio Asion reached a settlement in his lawsuit saying he should not have been fired for organizing off-duty work at a nightclub.

The Department of Public Safety last week paid $165,000 to Asion and his lawyer.

Attorney Michael C. Byrne says two judges ruled that Asion was illegally fired.

Asion was fired in 2013 for setting up a new system of off-duty work for his officers at a Raleigh nightclub that had a reputation for violence.

Public Safety spokeswoman Pamela Walker said the agency determined it was in its best interest to settle the case.

Information from: The News & Observer,

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