SC cop fired after posting on Clemson coach traffic ticket

Dabo ticket talk gets SC cop fired

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 3:55 PM
Last updated 7:27 PM
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PICKENS, S.C. — A South Carolina police officer who issued a speeding ticket to Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney was fired after using company equipment to post an account of it on the Internet.

Pickens Police Chief Rodney Gregory said in a release that officer Michael McClatchy used a department computer on Sept. 14 to detail what he said happened during the stop. Swinney was clocked going 63 mph in a 35 mph zone on Sept. 3 on the way to his radio call-in show. He was cited for speeding and the officer reduced the penalty to a minimum fine and points, according to Gregory.

McClatchy’s post said he thought Swinney expected to be excused for the violation.

Gregory said Swinney paid the fine and apologized. No. 10 Clemson plays at No. 4 Florida State on Saturday night.

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rational thought trumps emotion
rational thought trumps emotion 09/23/12 - 02:34 am
A bit overboard

So, the officer is FIRED for posting what would be given to the press under the freedom of information act to be posted/written about by others. If he violated a policy by using the county computer (which I bet everyone there has one time or another) then disipline him but to fire someone over simply stating online something that occurred and can easily be obtained by the press (even the video of the incident) is ridiculous. Sounds like some politician got to this so called Police Chief.

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