Officer sues after transfer from 'dream job'

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A Eugene police officer who has sued the city after his transfer from his "dream job" with the department's K-9 unit says he's being punished for questioning the safety of working with the SWAT team.

Brian Hagen was transferred from the K-9 unit to the traffic unit in 2009. He says it's because he expressed concern with the SWAT team's accidental weapon discharges.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/zQTFSP ) the unit was temporarily suspended after the accidental weapons discharges in 2008, when a SWAT officer was shot in the foot.

Eugene police Sgt. Tom Eichhorn says he transferred Hagen because of a pattern of disrespect and insubordination.

Hagen has since taken a job with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. He is seeking $600,000 in the suit.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com