Trooper resigns after being disciplined

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Records show a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper has retired after being disciplined for not allowing the state's only black female appellate judge into the Supreme Court building.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the discipline memo from Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons says Trooper Brent Gobbell was reprimanded and docked one day's pay due to the incident. The paperwork said he turned away Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Camille McMullen, who was trying to drop off paperwork for another judge on June 14.

Gobbell allowed McMullen to give the paperwork to a clerk, who passed it along.

The trooper later apologized by email, but records show he was disciplined because his actions displayed "an utter disregard for proper procedures" regarding entry into the courthouse.

He has since retired.


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