Former Trooper In Court

The fate of a law enforcement officer's career is in the hands of a District Court Judge.

Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Robert Henderson was fired in March after admitting membership to a group tied to the KKK.  

Friday, arguments were heard debating if Henderson should get his job back.

In June, an arbitrator suggested that Henderson get his job back, because firing him violated his First Amendment rights.   

Attorney General Jon Bruning disagreed and appealed that decision.   

Deputy Attorney General Matt McNair made it very clear.

He says law enforcement are suppose to protect against hate groups, not be in them.   

But an arbitrator suggested that Henderson, an 18 year veteran, should keep his job.   

McNair says, by law, that suggestion can be removed because Henderson's membership to an on-line white supremacy group violated public policy.   

Vince Valentino represents Henderson and the Nebraska State Patrol Union.   

Valentino noted that Henderson is not racist, and that his Grandma is Cherokee Indian.

He also says his relatives have married African Americans and Hispanics.  

Valentino argues there's no evidence that Henderson showed racial bias on or off duty.  

Senator Ernie Chambers has filed a complaint to have Henderson's law enforcement certification revoked.   

That is being investigated by Lancaster County Sheriff's Department.    

For now, the District Court Judge is taking these arguments under advisement and should have a decision at a later date.