I’ve written for years about police officers getting away with just about everything under the sun — drunk driving, faking police reports, beating people up in bars, even killing unarmed suspects — without losing their jobs. So what does it take to get fired? Mowing your lawn in boxer shorts.
Was Bradley County Deputy Dallas Longwith mowing his lawn in his underwear?
The former court officer says no. But the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office dismissed Longwith late last year for “conduct unbecoming an officer,” Major Jim Hodgson said Thursday. The dismissal came after a second complaint was received about him mowing the yard in his underwear and after Longwith had been warned the first time, Hodgson said.
Carlos Miller has a photograph of the guy mowing his lawn in boxer shorts. You’ve seen more revealing shorts at an Amish beach. The article notes that there wasn’t a single write-up or reprimand in his file. So apparently that’s all it takes to get fired. You can beat the hell out of a suspect for no reason, you can drive drunk and kill people, you can frame innocent people — but this will get you fired.