Did A SC Mayor Just Fire His Police Chief Because She’s A Lesbian?

Crystal MooreLatta, SC, may not be the first place you’d expect to find a lesbian police chief, but as a 20-year veteran of the town police force, Crystal Moore has earned the respect of the local citizenry.

Except the mayor.

Earl Bullard issued an unprecedented seven reprimands in a single day against Moore, who had never previously received any. Among them: “Contacting news media to help bring about disorder and disruption to the town of Latta.”

Then Bullard fired Moore. 

An audio tape that emerged after the firing suggests that homophobia may have been the motivating factor in the dismissal. In the tape, Bullard is heard saying that he’d prefer an alcoholic to someone who is gay.

“I would much rather have.. and I will say this to anybody’s face… somebody who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children.

Because that ain’t the damn way it’s supposed to be. You know.. you  got people out there — I’m telling you buddy — I don’t agree with some of the lifestyles that I see portrayed and I don’t say anything because that is the way they want to live, but I am not going to let my child be around. ”

I’m not going to let 2 women stand up there and hold hands and let my child be aware of it. And I’m not going to see them do it with 2 men neither.”

Bullard also probably didn’t much care for Moore because she determined that the mayor hadn’t conducted a proper background check on one of his appointees, who had been found driving a town vehicle with a suspended license.

Now its Bullard who is in hot water. About 100 residents turned up at a town council meeting to protest Moore’s firing. Bullard refused to allow any of them to discuss the firing, saying it wasn’t on the council agenda.

Meanwhile, Moore says she hasn’t given up. “I’m going to fight for my job,” Moore said. “I haven’t ever done anything but uphold the law and the policies of the town of Latta. I’ve tried to live a quiet life and do what’s right.”

Photo credit: Crystal Moore’s Facebook page