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Judge: Discrimination claim by former Hall jailer should be dismissed
Allegations don't prove sheriff's office employee was treated unfairly, magistrate wrote
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A U.S. Magistrate judge said a racial discrimination claim against the Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch from a former jailer should not continue, according to court documents.

Eugene Alexander Moses filed his complaint in U.S. District Court on Feb. 2, claiming he faced unfair treatment regarding shooting requalifications and training because he is an African-American. He was terminated from the Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 4, 2013.

The Sheriff’s Office and its attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the claims.

Moses claimed in his complaint that he had difficulty finding time to practice at the Hall County range and attempted to requalify at another sheriff’s office. The former deputy claimed a retired white female deputy was able to complete the yearly training for firearms requalifications in another county without an issue.

“We certainly do not want an unqualified officer with substandard firearms skills, who is unable to follow orders, and intentionally circumvents policy to be on the streets protecting our citizens,” Sheriff Gerald Couch previously said in a statement to The Times in February. “Any officer who has a training issue must follow the same set of rules and cannot be allowed to deviate.”

U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Clay Fuller wrote in his Dec. 21 final report and recommendation that the allegations “fail to plausibly suggest that each defendant intentionally discriminated against (Moses) because of his race.”

An attempt to reach the Sheriff’s Office’s lead attorney Benton Mathis for comment was unsuccessful.

Moses, representing himself, said he was unable to find an attorney to help with his case.

“My suit wasn’t geared to hurt anybody or cause a problem for the department,” he said, adding that he believed he was unjustly terminated while trying to keep his certifications.

Moses said all of his law enforcement certifications were revoked.

“One minute everything is current, the next minute everything is gone,” he said. “So nobody’s been able to give me any answers.”

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