Ex-Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Dobler Says His Termination Was Result of Retaliation


For nearly two years, KMBC 9 Investigates has been investigating allegations of sexual harassment within the ranks of the Kansas Highway Patrol. Now there is a new twist. A soldier says he was fired, in retaliation after a Facebook post supporting the women who came forward. Justin Dobler joined the Kansas Highway Patrol in 2017. And in 2020, when six women filed a lawsuit against KHP Col. Herman Jones alleging harassment, Dobler posted a message of support on Facebook. And that’s when he said things had changed. “It was just the bullying of us knowing what you’re doing and saying, you better start our way, be in our canoe or we’ll take care of you,” Dobler said. .Dobler believes he suffered retaliation for supporting the women’s demands. A lawyer for the soldiers’ association said Dobler’s superiors used a murderous prosecution in March 2021 to tarnish his reputation in the Highway Patrol. “This matter was not investigated except at troop level by his lieutenant and captain, who upon their initial review both concluded that he had done nothing wrong “said Sean McCauley, attorney for the Kansas State Troopers Association. In July 2021, Dobler was fired from KHP. KMBC 9 Investigators obtained the transcript of the civil service board hearing, where Dobler claimed his dismissal was the result of retaliation. of Dobler’s involvement in this deadly pursuit. “Captain Witham had me write this letter…I wrote it the way he had me write it. The exam was changed after I had retrained. Witham said that as part of the Further examination, he found that Dobler had committed “numerous violations” which led to his dismissal. Immediately after testifying at Dobler’s hearing, Whelpley discovered that his future with the KHP was also uncertain.” Within 24 hours following this testimony he was placed on administrative leave and placed under investigation for his testimony. It’s disturbing,” McCauley said. Dobler said he had nothing but respect for Whelpley for speaking his truth, regardless of the consequences. the heart is always with the good people in Highway Patrol because there are a lot of good ones out there. Unfortunately, there are a few who spoil it,” Dobler said. Whelpley said he was told not to tell anyone about his testimony. KMBC requested an interview with the Kansas Highway Patrol and did not had no response.

For nearly two years, KMBC 9 Investigates has been investigating allegations of sexual harassment within the ranks of the Kansas Highway Patrol. Now there is a new twist.

A male soldier says he was fired in retaliation after a Facebook post supporting the women who came forward.

Justin Dobler joined the Kansas Highway Patrol in 2017. And in 2020, when six women filed a lawsuit against KHP Col. Herman Jones alleging harassment, Dobler posted a message of support on Facebook. And that’s where he says things changed.

“It was just the bullying of us knowing what you’re doing and saying, you better start our way, be in our canoe or we’ll take care of you,” Dobler said.

Dobler believes he suffered retaliation for supporting the women’s demands. A lawyer for the soldiers’ association said Dobler’s superiors used a murderous prosecution in March 2021 to tarnish his reputation in the Highway Patrol.

“This matter was not investigated except at troop level by his lieutenant and captain, who in their initial examinations both concluded that he had done nothing wrong” , said Sean McCauley, attorney for the Kansas State Troopers Association.

In July 2021, Dobler was fired from KHP.

KMBC 9 Investigates obtained the transcript of the civil service board hearing, where Dobler claimed his dismissal was the result of retaliation.

KHP Lt. Bryce Whelpley supports these claims, testifying that he was forced to change his review of Dobler’s involvement in this murderous pursuit.

“Captain Witham made me write this letter…I wrote it the way he made me write it. What am I supposed to do when my job is threatened?”

On the stand, Witham said the exam was changed after retraining. Witham said as part of the new review, he found Dobler had committed “numerous violations” that led to his dismissal.

Immediately after testifying at Dobler’s hearing, Whelpley discovered that his future with the KHP was also uncertain.

“Within 24 hours of this testimony, he was placed on administrative leave and under investigation for his testimony. It’s troubling,” McCauley said.

Dobler said he had nothing but respect for Whelpley for speaking his truth, regardless of the consequences.

“My heart hurts, my heart hurts, my heart is always with the good people in highway patrol because there are a lot of good people out there. Unfortunately, there are a few who mess up,” Dobler said.

Whelpley said he was told not to tell anyone about his testimony. KMBC requested an interview with the Kansas Highway Patrol and received no response.


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