S.C. Cop Who Cited Speeding Clemson Coach Says He Was Wrongly Fired
September 27, 2012
A former Pickens (S.C.) Police officer who cited Clemson's football coach for speeding and then posted a blog about it for University of South Carolina fans said he was wrongly fired over the incident.
Corporal Michael McClatchy and his attorney spoke to the media on Thursday, reports WSPA.
The department fired Corporal McClatchy after he allegedly spent an hour and a half editing the blog post during a police shift. The officer had pulled over Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on Sept. 3 driving 63 mph in a 35 mph zone.
The two schools meet Nov. 24 for their annual football rivalry at the Clemson campus.
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Bob@Az. @ 9/27/2012 4:11 PM
Once again politics trounces the Justice System. Agreed, the Coporal should not have been online editing his site while on duty. That said, why in the hell would you fire an Officer for something as mundane as that? is it because the ALMIGHTY GAME OF FOOTBALL is more important then public safety? Twenty eight miles an hour over the posted limit should include reckless driving and endangerment. Hope the Corporal drags this shitty little burg over the coals. Blues, stay safe!
Robocop @ 9/28/2012 7:18 AM
Bob, it was not because he stopped and gave the Coach a ticket. He was correct in doing that. He was fired because he then went online and posted a video of him stopping and issuing the coach a ticket using his name etc. This was something that a professional Officer does not do and is in violation of policy & procedures, not to mentuion that he stopped working for over an hour to go onto the Internet for personal reasons. Fired? Maybe but I think a couple of weeks suspension without pay would work as well as a demotion back to Officer.
Laura @ 9/28/2012 8:19 AM
I guess it depends upon what their policy is on internet blogs, Facebook, Twitter etc. Officer's in other states have been fired for just clicking "Like" on a Facebook post. But I have to agree 100% with Robocop. And I am so glad I am retired!
John @ 9/30/2012 3:02 PM
Maybe now ex Corporal McClatchy will have the time he needs to edit his blog while working as a graveyard security guard. Hopefully his postion will be filled by a mature, professional law enforcement officer.
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