Credit Union Employee Loses Job After Police Suspect Him In Murder

Doug King murder suspect credit union firedA Maryland man who was a suspect in a Washington, D.C., murder case is pondering his legal options after he was fired from his job because of the homicide investigation.

Doug King of Accokeek says that he was let go from his job as a loan processor earlier this month after a detective investigating the murder called his employer to say that King was a suspect in the case, Washington TV station WTTG reports.

King's attorney, Bruce Johnson, says it wasn't necessary for the department to call his employer, the National Association of Postmasters of the U.S. Credit Union, because King's job wasn't related to the murder.

"The incident didn't occur near his job," Johnson says. "There was no reason to call his job other than to harm Mr. King."

King was at the Heritage India Club in Washington's Dupont Circle neighborhood last November when a fight broke out, leaving 34-year-old Jhonte Coleman dead.

King was there to celebrate a birthday, he says, and dropped his driver's license while running to safety. It was the lost license, found near the victim's body, that led D.C. police to suspect King of the murder.

King denies knowing Coleman or anyone else involved in the incident or why the fight broke out.

King says that he cooperated with the investigation because he had nothing to hide and never considered that it might lead to him losing his job.

"I'm furious," WTTG reports King as saying. "It's hard to get a job right now, and for me to lose it over something I had nothing to do with -- that makes it worse."

The U.S. Attorney's office eventually issued a statement to King's employer clearing him as a suspect, the TV station reports.

But King still seeks more than that, he says, because the detective had no business calling his employer.

"No one's called to apologize to Mr. King," Johnson says. "And no one's taken any steps to repair his life."

Attempts to reach the NAPUS credit union for comment about King's dismissal weren't successful.

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Dano Smith

He apparently was was done VERY wrong. he deserves to be compensated.

It was unwise of him to conduct the interview in a " jailhouse orange" Polo Shirt..

That was bad advice by whom ever advised him.

February 27 2012 at 12:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why did this make national news? Me thinks cause he's of minority descent! Yes just maybe! The press is got to be down for the struggle!

February 25 2012 at 9:46 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I mean hey I am all down with not getting harrassed by cops. but look at Kings arms. does he look like someone that would be scared and flee the scene. Educated does not mean timid. This man is anything but timid. King got away with murder! I can see it in his eyes.

February 25 2012 at 8:49 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

If I were him, I would also really consider if I wanted to go back to his previous job, given the fact that he was cleared. He soul also be thinking what legal stance he has towards them for letting him go. They had no just cause to let him go. So in my eyes he needs to go after the two of them (the police and his former employer}

February 25 2012 at 8:48 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

he looks guilty . he knew these people

February 25 2012 at 8:46 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

The police do not have enough authority. Every police department should be able to beat suspects senseless, get them to sign confessions, slap them in an electric chair, pull the switch, target practice on the corpse, high five each other and then determine whether the guy was guilty or not. We didn't give the guy a chance to eat his last meal Have a donut my brothers. Damn constitution has it to where no one wants to be a cop any more.

February 25 2012 at 8:32 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

These police officers are obviously homosexuals. Their only desire was to take him into custody, tell him to strip and bend over. They then stroked their lubricated baton's as they staired up his rectal cavity. These officers previously attempted to get jobs at the airport with TSA

February 25 2012 at 8:08 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Mr. King.....Come on, smarten up. The police in that city are some of the worse in the Nation.
They could care less about you. Lost your job ??? Who cares...The police don't
Lost friends because of this ??? Who cares ....The police don't.
Good Luck......and sue the bastards

February 25 2012 at 8:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Something is wrong in this world if officers can not ruin the lives of innocent people. Officers go into courts all across this Country to commit purery so that someone may be convicted. Too often, a conviction is more important than actually convicting a guilty person. The public should be more aware of how often this really happens.

February 25 2012 at 7:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


February 25 2012 at 7:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to josephpallotta's comment

That is not the point..the point is that because of an aggressive cop, this man lost his livelihood..and nobody can deny that it is difficult finding a job in this economy..he was harmed by the cop's unnecessary behavior..that is the what does his shirt have to do with it..? Oh, I forgot, we just like to say "anything".

February 25 2012 at 8:02 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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