The gay police chief of the small town of Latta in South Carolina was fired, and citizens believe her sexuality had a major role in her dismissal from office.
According to a report by SCnow, 100 citizens of the small town marched to the town hall to demand an explanation from Mayor Earl Bullard, who fired ex-police chief Crystal Moore last Tuesday. The mayor refused to reveal his reasons to the public for firing the gay officer, but one townsman told the press that Moore’s dismissal from office was a result of her refusal to sign written reprimands.
The reprimands were related to Moore’s investigation of the newly-installed head of the Latta department for parks and recreations, Vontray Sellers, who was reportedly caught by the Latta police driving around town with a suspended driver’s licence.
According to Councilman Jarret Taylor, the ex-chief requested to consult her lawyer before signing the written reprimands, which she claims were unreasonable. When she didn’t sign the documents, the mayor proceeded to fire her.
However, other members of the town council are challenging this reason. Councilwoman Lutherine Williams, together with other council members, stated that the mayor had been itching on firing the ex-police chief since it was publicly revealed that she was gay.
In a recorded phone conversation with one townsman, which made its way to the media, Bullard was heard blaring a fiery rant against the gay community.
“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. … I’m not going to let two 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 two men neither.”
Due to the unsatisfactory performance and rash behavior the mayor had exhibited during the past few months, which included the firing of the gay police chief, citizens of the town are pushing to strip the mayor some of his powers. During the town meeting, councilwoman Williams said:
“He doesn’t think he has to follow any rules. We have a town hall that’s become a Town Hall Burger King. Everything is have it his way. But we’re gonna change that. Everything with him is ‘I, I, I’ but we don’t live in an ‘I’ town. We live in a ‘we’ town. I love each and every one of you, and my intention is to do what’s right. If I’m never elected to sit in this chair again, I’m going to do what’s right.”
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