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Power goes to a person's head, sometimes more quickly than others. The new sheriff of Clayton County, Georgia seems to be one of the former. Victor Hill celebrated his first day in office by firing 27 people, stationing snipers around the office and driving the fired officers home in prisoner transports:
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.
A Georgia judge disagreed with Sheriff Hill, ordering the 27 officers to be reinstated. Hill tried to use the murder of Derwin Brown in nearby DeKalb County as an excuse to not just fire the 27 officers but in the overkill security preparations Hill employed. However, Hill doesn't have any evidence to show that the 27 employees conspired to kill him. In fact, Hill didn't give any reason at all for firing them, some of whom were the department's longest-tenured officers.
One reason has become apparent. Hill, the first black sheriff of Clayton County, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he would replace the fired officers -- all white -- with black officers. The new affirmative-action program enraged the new chairman of the county commission, Eldrin Bell, who also happens to be black. He filed the lawsuit that resulted in the restraining order.
Sheriff Hill had an eventful first day in office. Unless the county commission or the citizens of Clayton County recall Hill, I foresee this restraining order as the first in a long series for Hill.Sphere It View blog reactions
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