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Trial to begin on firings of 3 Mocksville police officers

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A federal trial is scheduled to begin for three officers who say they were fired for telling state officials about corruption in the Mocksville Police Department.

The trial is scheduled to begin Monday in U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem.

The three former officers say the former police chief and the current town manager violated their free-speech rights by firing them in 2011. They say they were fired because they had called the governor’s office to share their concerns.

They sued in 2012 and want at least $100,000 each in damages and their jobs back.

In its response, the town says the three were fired for their own misconduct and that officials didn’t know about the call to the governor’s office when they were fired.

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