Police chief gets ax

Crystal Moore  Photo Credit: © Latta Police
Crystal Moore
Photo Credit: © Latta Police

LATTA, S.C. — Crystal Moore, who had sported a spotless 20-year record, was fired from her job as police chief some say because she is a lesbian.

The Huffington Post reported that her firing sent shock waves through the community and that she has received a swell of support from of the town’s 1,410 residents. A demonstration took place outside town hall and prayer vigils have also been held. Even the council circumvented Mayor Earl Bullard to get her reinstated. Among the supporters have been people that Moore had previously arrested.

“People call us the Bible Belt in the South, and to have so much support is awesome. I’m going to tell you, it’s amazing,” Moore told The Huffington Post. “The good Lord has really blessed me with a lot of family and friends.”

However, Bullard said that he fired her after she received seven reprimands on April 15. He alleged that she failed to maintain order and questioned authority, among other expenses, Huffington added.

Money is being raised online to help Moore with her living expenses. When she lost her job, she also lost her healthcare benefits. And, it has not stopped there. Petitions were launched and a Twitter hashtag #StandWithChiefMoore was created.

For the full story, visit huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/22/crystal-moore-fired-lesbian-police-chief_n_5187553.html?.

S.C. Black Pride gears up

CHARLOTTE, S.C. — South Carolina Black Pride will hold its Purple Pride Reign on May 16, 9 p.m., at The Nickel Bar, 2817 Rozelles Ferry Rd.

Attendees are encouraged to wear purple to the evening’s event.

Admission is free until 10:30 p.m. Cost is $5 from 10:30 p.m.-12 a.m. and $10 from 12 a.m. on.

In other news, the organization will have a wine and cheese fundraiser on May 22, 7 p.m., at the Harriet Hancock Center, 1108 Woodrow St.

South Carolina Black Pride will host a film screening of “The New Black” on May 29, 8:30 p.m., at Carmike Wynnsong 10, 5320 Forest Dr., in Columbia, S.C.

The documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights.

Tickets must be reserved prior to attending the event and are available online at facebook.com/events/312574185534166/.

info: southcarolinablackpride.com. facebook.com/southcarolina.blackpride.

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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.