September 29, 2012

South Carolina cop gets fired over posting Dabo Swinney traffic stop on Internet

Sometimes, one of the perks of being a police officer is the possibility that you might get the chance to pull over a celebrity for speeding.

Last week, one South Carolina cop caught Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney going over the speed limit and cited him for speeding.

However, the cop was fired after the posted the video of the arrest on the Internet:
Pickens Police Chief Rodney Gregory said in a release that officer Michael McClatchy used a department computer Sept. 14 to detail what he said happened during the stop.

Swinney was clocked going 63 mph in a 35 mph zone 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 on a sports website said he thought Swinney expected to be excused for the violation. He also said that he was told by Gregory the day after the traffic stop that Swinney had called Gregory at home the night he was stopped and said McClatchy acted unprofessionally.
In terms of Dabo, he issued an apology for speeding and paid the fine.

(Courtesy of WBTV)

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