A quick update for you on a story we posted yesterday.
Indiana State Trooper Brian Hamilton — the guy who preached to people he pulled over, got punished for it in 2014, then did it again earlier this year — has finally been fired.
You may recall that the police had been conducting an investigation into Hamilton since earlier this year, though it was unclear what the reason was. It coincided with his most recent bout of preaching, which was the subject of a recent ACLU lawsuit.
Now we know those incidents revolved around the same issue.
Captain David Bursten, the Chief Public Information Officer for the state police said, “It needs to be clearly understood that the state police internal investigation and the public announcement of the [ACLU] lawsuit against Mr. Hamilton are independent and separate issues.” Bursten concluded, “The internal investigation was initiated, conducted, concluded and scheduled for the April 7th hearing over two weeks prior to the state police having any knowledge of the ICLU lawsuit. Today’s termination of Hamilton’s employment with the state police was the result of a thorough internal investigation and would have occurred regardless of any legal action initiated by the [ACLU] against Mr. Hamilton.”
Good for them. I’ll take them at their word that the ACLU didn’t need to step in for the police to do the right thing. If Hamilton is fired, then the lawsuit against him will likely be tossed out.
He didn’t seem to understand the gravity of the situation when reporters called him:
FOX59 spoke with Hamilton over the phone after news broke of his termination.
“Oh well… I’m just following what the Lord told me to do and you can’t change what the Lord tells you to do. So if the Lord tells me to speak about Jesus Christ, I do. And that’s why they fired me so that’s where we’re at,” he said before disconnecting.
So, in his mind, this was religious discrimination. It’ll be interesting to see if he files his own lawsuit over that, though I don’t see how he’d win.
The bottom line is: when you take a government job, you don’t get to pick and choose which rules to follow. No teacher, cop, or government official should be allowed to proselytize on the taxpayers’ dime. Hamilton was given a second chance and he blew it.