Target: Latta Town Council members
Goal: Thank members of the Town Council for taking measures against homophobic mayor
Mayor Earl Bullard of Latta, South Carolina, has not only made several openly homophobic statements, but issued several groundless reprimands to and ultimately fired the town’s police chief because she is gay. Fortunately, the people of Latta have stepped up and are condemning the mayor’s actions, and the town council has taken a vote to strip the mayor of some power in light of these events.
Bullard originally issued seven reprimands to Chief Moore on the same day, allegedly due to a vendetta against her for her investigation of a recent hire. The Chief refused to sign the reprimands, and the mayor fired her on the spot. Bullard does not approve of same-sex marriage, and fired the 20-year-veteran for no justifiable reason. Should the rest of these reprimands prove baseless and unfounded, the police chief should be reinstated.
South Carolina does not prohibit government discrimination based on sexuality, and though this is reprehensible and must be addressed, the actions of town council and Latta’s residents are nonetheless admirable and worthy of commendation. Please thank them for taking a stand for human rights and equality in the face of homophobia, and for condemning this abuse of power.
Dear Latta Town Council,
The mayor of Latta has fired the police chief in a blatant act of discrimination. Crystal Moore is openly homosexual, and was issued seven reprimands in one day, several of which were proven to be groundless. This is a complete abuse of power, and should be punished. Thank you taking a vote to limit the mayor’s power, and for contesting his decision.
I also must ask that the police chief be reinstated if all of the mayor’s reprimands prove unjustified. The townspeople have shown their support for the chief and questioned the mayor’s actions, and their protests should be taken into consideration.
South Carolina does not protect the LGBT community from discrimination, but the people of Latta and the town council have set an important example, and I am grateful to all that have stood in support of the police chief. Thank you again.
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