Residents question why Latta mayor fired the town's first female police chief
LATTA, SC -
The Mayor of the Town Of Latta fired the town's Police Chief on Tuesday.
Latta town councilman Jarett Taylor told us the mayor fired Crystal Moore because she received 7 reprimands.
News13 was there as Moore, the first female chief of Latta, packed her belongings and left her office late Tuesday afternoon.
On Wednesday, the news of Moore's firing spread throughout Latta. And some of her supporters rallied in front of Latta Town Hall.
Some said they simply don't understand why Chief Moore was fired.
One Council Member told News13 that the seven reprimands Moore received on Tuesday from the mayor were the first reprimands Moore ever received on the job --- and that's after working for the police department in Latta for more than 20 years.
Dozens of supports rallied outside of Latta Town Hall Wednesday in support of fired Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore.
"This woman has been a veteran of the department and a pillar of this community for years," said Kevin Drawhorn, a Latta resident and supporter of Moore.
Some council members say the mayor didn't follow protocol when he fired Chief Moore.The group plans to discuss the issue in a Latta town council meeting Thursday at 5:30 pm.
"We have codes, but this Mayor refuses to obey anything in that book he don't want to," said Lutherine Williams, a Latta Council member.
Specifically, she says, Mayor Earl Bullard should have first given Chief Moore a verbal warning, then a written one. Then, discuss the matter with council before giving her the boot.
Council members say that Mayor Bullard didn't do any of that.
"If an employee does something, you don't wait three or four days or two or three weeks to do something about it," Williams said.
Instead, Williams says the mayor gave Chief Moore all seven written reprimands in one day. They were her first reprimands during her 20-plus years on the job.
"I looked at the reasons, some of them are questionable," said Brian Mason, another Latta Council member.
Some residents believe the mayor firing Crystal Moore was payback. Moore investigated Mayor Bullard's most recent hire, Parks And Rec Director Vontray Sellers.
NEWS 13 first broke the story of sellers driving a Latta town vehicle while his license was suspended back in February...Chief Moore found the mayor neglected to conduct a background check on Sellers.
"Since he's been in here, it's been haywire!," said Tammy Taylor, a Latta resident.
Some Latta residents and elected officials say Mayor Bullard had a vendetta against Moore well before he hired sellers -- because Chief Moore is openly gay.
"Before he was sworn in office, he said Anne and Crystal would not have a job," Williams said.
The recording of a phone conversation obtained by news 13 appears to back that up.
Councilman Jared Taylor recorded Mayor Bullard saying he "doesn't agree with some lifestyles."
Part of the conversation says: "I would much rather have someone who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I have somebody who's lifestyle is questionable around children. Because that ain't the damn way it supposed to be," the mayor is heard on a recording.
Here is the full text of the telephone recording with the Mayor speaking:
"I would much rather have.. and I will say this to anybody's face... somebody who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children.
Because that ain't the damn way it's supposed to be. You know.. you got people out there -- I'm telling you buddy -- I don't agree with some of the lifestyles that I see portrayed and I don't say anything because that is the way they want to live, but I am not going to let my child be around. "
I'm not going to let 2 women stand up there and hold hands and let my child be aware of it. And I'm not going to see them do it with 2 men neither."
I'm not going to do it. Because that ain't the way the world works. "
Now, all these people showering down and saying 'Oh it's a different lifestyle they can have it.' Ok, fine and dandy, but I don't have to look at it and I don't want my child around it."
What an idiotic thing for this backward, bumbling fool to do. TheChief has never been reprimanded in all of her years on her department. Until now. And clearly, for no good reason. At least the people of the town are standing up for her. Let's see where this goes.
Not sure if this would come under TSA Security humor or non-cop giggles...
HAHAHAHAHA.... This story - or the follow-up comment - is priceless!...
It looked like a hungry passenger's lunch, but enchiladas carried through security at Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, Calif. contained more than just rice, beans and a delicious sauce, according to the TSA. Stashed inside it was an 8.5-inch knife.
The article goes on: San Francisco Weekly identified the sauce as mole', but the passenger herself has not been named... ___________.
Reader Follow-up comment: "SF Weekly identified the sauce as mole, but the passenger herself has not been named." may be one of the greatest sentences in journalism history. This will be the first time a Pulitzer was awarded for a single line.
Bear's thoughts: Had I written something like that in one of my masters research analysis papers, the professors would have laughed me out of the program!
Okay... chocolate mole' cookies being served in the BluePride Break Room!
I went to the funeral today. It was in a neighborhood where I worked in the mid-90's. As expected, it was very somber and humbling. And there were thousands upon thousands of Police Officers from all over New York City, State and the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The photo above doesn't do justice to the numbers of attendees. Not that it matters in any way, but I'm actually in this photo. You'd never find me but I did. One thing that always happens at Line Of Duty Funerals is that you run in to old colleagues from all over. It was nice to see old friends and speak with them as if we'd last spoken 5 minutes ago. That's how it is. There were certainly a lot of lip-quivering moments and once again I had the feeling of "you never really retire". You don't. RIP, Police Officer Guerra.
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I experienced a "near miss" (isn't it actually a "close HIT"?...) in a clearly marked crosswalk this morning. Using my cane, I was walking as fast as I could to get across the street so as not to inconvenience the driver who was holding a cigarette AND a cell phone. This afternoon at home, I saw this video. How appropriate... and how true!
The CARE is in the CARING. M.H. - Thanatology / Traumatology - MPH, MS, MS, LSPT, CT, FT, CPE
Yes...sadly, Police Officer Dennis Guerra passed away this morning. It was expected. Unfortunately, last night on the internet there were cops, retired and active, tripping over each other saying that he had died. (Why do people want to be the first to deliver bad news?) But he survived until this morning. It is a sad day in New York City, as it is anywhere when a city, state or country loses one of their heroes. He leaves behind a wife and four children, as well as his father who is a retired Detective. And his partner for that sad day, Sunday, has improved but is still in critical condition. We're hoping for a complete and total recovery for her. Every time a Police Officer dies in the line of duty, a piece of all of us goes with them. The same is true whenever any member of public safety is killed.
Frank called me yesterday and again today. He says Steve has improved and in fact may be released from the hospital today. Frank had just left his doctor's office and told me that his numbers were good enough that the doctor put him on his new round of chemo today. It is in pill form and we don't know what the side effects will be, if any. But Frank has been absolutely giddy the last few days! One reason is that his doctor cleared him to be able to attend the NYPD Dinner/Dance that we go to every year. He is bound and determined to attend! The doctor also told him that he can drink the dreaded alco-hol as well! Frank is as happy as a little girl! And it looks like Steve may be joining us at our dinner as well! Steve never (well....hardly ever.....) attends cop functions, so this is great news for all of us! We're gonna turn that place out! Frank is going to give me more updates tomorrow. In the meantime between now and May 1, I seriously need to buy a new "fat suit"! Right now I can't fit into any of my normal regular suits. The first one of you who makes a wise crack is gonna get hit in the head! It's great to hear Frank sounding so chipper....I swear I heard him clicking his heels in the street yesterday! Let's hope there will be no negative side effects with this latest round of chemo though...
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Oh my God !! I can't believe the news about Frank and Steve. They're such nice people who don't deserve such drama. The last time I spoke to frank, I did tell him to take care of himself while looking after Frank. I never thought that he would wind up sick as well. I'll hold off on calling Frank until Steve is stabilized. In the meantime I wish them both well.
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Post by edmontongreg on Apr 7, 2014 19:00:54 GMT -5
I was leery but then a cop told me to watch it. Johnny the Paramedic is gay. He manages to talk gay guy talk withe the straight guy talk and it is normal. Dennis Leary did well on this one. Billy the pretty cop is the ultimate himbo though.