Friday, July 15, 2011

This is how to fire workers in Georgia

I think this is the strangest story about law enforcement I have ever read.

This is from NYTimes, from 2005:

JONESBORO, Ga., Jan. 4 (AP) - On his first day at work, the new sheriff of Clayton County called 27 employees into his office on Monday, fired them and had snipers stand guard on the roof as they were escorted out the door.

A judge on Tuesday ordered him to rehire the employees.


The sheriff, Victor Hill, 39, defended the firings and said he had the right to shake up the department in whatever way he felt necessary.

Sheriff Hill also said it was necessary to fire the workers the way he did, including taking some deputies home in vans normally used to transport prisoners because the deputies were barred from using county cars.

Sheriff Hill was among a spate of black candidates elected last year in the county, which was once dominated by rural whites. The fired employees included four of the highest-ranking officers, all of them white. Sheriff Hill told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that their replacements would be black.

The new black sheriff had snipers on roofs and transported the just fired (white) workers in prisoner transport vans.

This... this...

Words fail me.

That is why I urge all of you (y'all?) to donate to the good sheriff's campaign to be re-elected in 2012, because this nation does not have enough "lulz".

Re-elect Victor Hill campaign web page

To be "fair and balanced" (my god, I hate that phrase), here is the good man's take on the "incident":

Fact vs Fiction.

We report... uh... you decide.

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