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Jun 27 2014

South Carolina Town Reinstates Lesbian Police Chief

You may remember a few weeks ago when the mayor of Latta, South Carolina fired the town’s police chief because she’s a lesbian and he’s a bigot. Well the people of that town just stripped the mayor of much of his power and the chief is going to get her job back.

The residents of Latta, South Carolina, on Tuesday came through for their police chief, Crystal Moore, who was fired two months ago for reasons that many residents say had to do with her being a lesbian.

The town overwhelmingly voted to reinstate Moore to her job and to strip the mayor, Earl Bullard, of some of his powers. As first reported by The Morning News in South Carolina, Latta residents passed a referendum changing the governing structure of the town from “mayor-strong” to “council-strong,” which gives the town council the ability to rehire Moore.

The ballots still must be certified on Friday, but the council plans to make its first order of business rehiring Moore.

“I’m ecstatic,” Moore told the newspaper. “Words can’t describe.”

Wil Brown, a friend of Moore’s who launched a campaign to help her get her job back, told The Huffington Post that the council is likely to meet Friday or Monday to formally vote to put Moore back on the beat.

The mayor claimed he had fired her for legitimate reasons, but a city council member recorded him on a phone call raging about the evils of gay people and it was quite obvious that wasn’t why he fired her. Good for Latta.

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  1. 1
    D. C. Sessions

    And then it turns out that his dishonor’s last move before he lost the power to hire was to sign an employment contract with a buddy of his for the Chief’s job.

    And Ms. Moore gets one of the dickier up-down days out there.

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    tsig

    Now we see the awful power of the Lesbian Lions roaring about seeking righteous men to devour, God will send drought, plague and fire to torment this town till they acknowledge His rule and come to love Him enough to lie and kill for Him./fundie preacher off

  3. 3
    John Pieret

    To the wingnuts who are saying the fight over gay rights isn’t over: If you can’t make a firing of someone for being gay stick in South Carolina … it’s over!

  4. 4
    regexp

    You are a little behind. Yesterday the mayor signed a two year contract with a new police chief.

  5. 5
    mmfwmc

    Did you see the update? The mayor hired another police chief just before they cut his power. The council might not be able to give her the job now. What an asshole.

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  7. 7
    Modusoperandi

    TYPICAL LIBERALS AND THEIR SOROSBUFFETTMUSLINCLOWARDPIVEN STRATEGY USING THE “WILL” OF “THE PEOPLE” TO CHANGE THE LAW!!! WHEN ARE THE COURTS GOING TO CRACK DOWN ON THIS NONSENSE AND START LEGISLATING FROM THE BENCH LIKE THEYRE SUPPOSED TO?!!!

  8. 8
    A Masked Avenger

    Holy shit that’s evil. Let’s hope the town is outraged enough to recall this asshat mayor. Sounds like they might be.

  9. 9
    D. C. Sessions

    Let’s hope the town is outraged enough to recall this asshat mayor. Sounds like they might be.

    They can’t. Only the Governor can — otherwise they have to wait for an election. IIRC in 2015.

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    Dweller in Darkness

    From someone I know who’s local to this, the council’s going ahead as planned and will reinstate Moore. All contracts have to be reviewed by the council to be valid, so the mayor doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

  11. 11
    Olav

    From the quoted article:

    residents passed a referendum changing the the governing structure of the town from “mayor-strong” to “council-strong,”

    Obviously I am not familiar with how things are organised in South Carolina, but:

    Should not it always be the case in a democracy that a city council has power over their mayor, who is only an executive? Separation of powers, et cetera.

    Also, is the governing structure of a town not regulated by law (in the US I suppose that would be the law or constitution of the state)? Or are towns and municipalities indeed free to create their own systems of government? I would not be against that, but I find it interesting.

  12. 12
    Gvlgeologist, FCD

    D. C. Sessions

    Let’s hope the town is outraged enough to recall this asshat mayor. Sounds like they might be.

    They can’t. Only the Governor can — otherwise they have to wait for an election. IIRC in 2015.

    Seems like the mayor isn’t only a bigot, he’s a spiteful bigot. It’ll be interesting to see what other mischief he’s going to cause until then, and if it’ll be bad enough for the Gov. to step in.

  13. 13
    Erp

    Apparently the police have now sealed off the town hall according to the interim police chief and the town council is requesting a state investigation http://www.dillonheraldonline.com/2014/06/27/latta-town-hall-sealed-off-by-police/

  14. 14
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    South Carolina Town Reinstates Lesbian Police Chief

    Good.

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