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South Carolina Police Chief Crystal Moore, Fired For Being Lesbian, Reinstated By Town Vote

Crystal moore police chief fired for being gay

Residents of Latta, South Carolina, yesterday voted to reinstate police chief Crystal Moore, who was fired by Latta mayor Earl Bullard in April for reasons that many residents claim had to do with her sexuality.

Today however, Bullard installed a new police chief in defiance of the voters' decision. 

Bullard caused controversy last month when after seven reprimands he fired Moore, alleging that she failed to maintain order. The mayor also questioned Moore’s authority. Moore maintained that she had not failed in her duties and that the reprimands were the first she had received in her 23 year career.

Bullard's decision to remove Moore from her position came as a council member released a recorded phone call in which the mayor said that he would prefer to leave his children with an alcoholic over someone whose "lifestyle is questionable."

According to Ryan Wilson, the director of South Carolina Equality, it’s clear from the recording “that the mayor has some very anti-LGBT or anti-gay feelings. I think the mayor owes an apology to the thousands of South Carolinians who are gay and transgender, particularly the ones who live in the town of Latta.”

A town grievance committee reviewed the evidence last week but found no conclusion could be reached regarding Bullard’s decision.

Crystal moore facebook pageHowever, hundreds of the town’s 1,400 residents vocally supported Moore and a website was set up to help her with living expenses and potential legal costs.

On Monday, Moore wrote on Facebook: “Remember to VOTE, June 24th in Latta, across from Town Hall 7am-7pm. Please vote “Yes”. I am so ready to go back to work to serve and protect our town. This "Yes" vote means I will be back."

Despite today's actions by Bullard, the vote will be certified this Friday, changing the town’s government structure from “mayor-strong” to “council-strong”, at which point the council will assume all hiring and firing capacity. 

The Council has already indicated that it intends to rehire Moore.

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  1. I love this story. I don't think it's because the town is tolerant, they've known her for 20 years and liked her more than the mayor. The mayor is now threatening to sign a new police chief to a 2-year contract before his power is usurped by the council. What a bitter loser.

    Posted by: jonnathewoodswoman | Jun 25, 2014 1:45:21 PM

  2. It's so much easier to care about someone's being when, rather than being simply "black" or "gay" or what have you, they're your friend Mark or Doreen. The reason people are more accepting of gays is because they're friends with or related to one.

    Posted by: Mikey M | Jun 25, 2014 2:23:04 PM

  3. Mikey- That's exactly why she is getting her job back, hopefully. She was quite popular because she was good. Even the people she arrested liked her.

    Posted by: jonnathewoodswoman | Jun 25, 2014 2:25:46 PM

  4. There should be an emergency recall of the Latta, South Carolina mayor Earl Bullard at once!

    This nazi mayor should not receive any salary. Instead he should be legally forced to pay ALL of the legal fees that police chief Crystal Moore has incurred which are now in thousands of dollars. After all, he caused them with his bigotry!

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 25, 2014 2:57:23 PM

  5. Finally some good news out of my state.

    Posted by: Derrick | Jun 25, 2014 4:09:39 PM

  6. Ah, the dictat of small bigots. Good that the Council is more advanced than the Mayor. He lied and proved his lie by denying to change when the public voted.

    One question, is the Mayor of this town actually voted in or is he a council member who's seniority ranks him as the next mayor?

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jun 25, 2014 5:16:32 PM

  7. I just want to know just how OUT OF ORDER can a town of 1,400 get?

    This proves the point of the slogan "Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are !'

    Posted by: JB. Grooves | Aug 19, 2014 6:29:51 AM

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