An Alabama police officer who stepped down after mocking the suicide of gay teen Nigel Shelby has been rehired. Shelby, a 15-year-old high school student in Huntsville, Alabama, took his own life in April after suffering homophobic bullying.
WAFF reports: ‘[Police officer Jeff] Graves was embroiled in controversy in May when he posted anti-LGBTQ comments in a Facebook post about the suicide of Nigel Shelby. … Graves later resigned amid an investigation. Owens Cross Roads Police Chief Jason Dobbins said he hired Graves because “everyone deserves a second chance.” Dobbins said Graves showed remorse over the situation. He said he feels comfortable that Graves will do his job without bias.’
Said Dobbins: “Officer Graves may not have the same views as everyone else but that doesn’t prevent him from doing his job as an officer. He’s going to make a great addition to our department.”