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No. 5 of 2013: Gang association led to police captain’s firing - Dothan Eagle: News

No. 5 of 2013: Gang association led to police captain’s firing

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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 4:52 pm

A former Dothan police captain was fired in 2013 after his relationship with a biker club was called into question.

Capt. Keith Gray was terminated in September, shortly after a downtown altercation involving members of the motorcycle gang Outcast. Police Chief Greg Benton said Gray was terminated due to his association with the gang, which was referred to in a termination appeal hearing as an outlaw gang.

The appeal hearing was conducted in front of the Dothan Personnel Board. The board has not ruled. Sonya Edwards, a Birmingham attorney who represents Gray, said her client expects to find out the determination of his appeal Jan. 13, the date of the board's next scheduled meeting.

Benton fired Gray after an extensive internal investigation, which determined Gray violated “Police Department General Orders and Personnel Rules and Regulations of the city of Dothan to the extent his violations were intolerable offenses.”

Benton testified during the hearing of how Gray’s name came up as a known associate of the outlaw motorcycle gang called Outcast.

Gray said during his appeal hearing that he did not belong to the Outcast club, and only received a blessing from Outcast because motorcycle clubs are often territorial.

During his testimony, Gray said he never knew the Outcast Motorcycle Club was labeled an outlaw motorcycle gang by the FBI until his interrogation by internal affairs officers.

“My club is not Outcast,” Gray said. “My club is Bama Boys Motorcycle Club Inc.”

Gray said he’s only had minimal contact with Outcast by asking to coexist with them in Alabama.

Dothan City Attorney Len White claimed during the termination appeal hearing that the Bama Boys serve as a support club for Outcast.

Edwards claimed at the hearing her client was fired as part of a witch hunt, and asked for Gray to be reinstated to his position with back pay.

Gray was fired from the department after serving nearly 30 years.