Town Fires Cop Who Pulled Over Clemson Football Coach
PICKENS POLICE OFFICER TERMINATED FROM POST IN WAKE OF DABO SWINNEY TICKET SCANDAL …
The Pickens, S.C. police officer who issued a traffic citation to Clemson University head football coach Dabo Swinney earlier this month has been terminated from his position … the latest development in Swinney’s rapidly unraveling “Ticket-gate.”
Corporal Mike McClatchy – who gave Swinney a 2-point ticket after clocking the coach’s truck traveling 63 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour zone on September 3 - is no longer employed by the Town of Pickens, S.C. In fact the town’s police department has removed his photo and posted an application for a new “road patrol officer” on its website.
No official word has been forthcoming from the Pickens, S.C. police department regarding the termination, but sources tell FITS that McClatchy – who recently received a promotion within the department – was fired for “using the internet at work.”
An anonymous article posted on 247sports.com (but later removed from the site) provided details of the incident – allegedly from the vantage point of the arresting officer. In fact our new reporter Colleen MacMillan – who filed this exclusive report on the traffic stop early this week – quoted extensively from this article in her coverage.
The narrative contained in this statement portrayed Swinney and his brother, a former Alabama law enforcement officer, in a most unflattering light – accusing them of attempting to intimidate the officer out of writing a ticket and repeatedly refusing to obey his instructions that they remain in the vehicle (which is owned by a nearby dealership).
FITS has submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the town of Pickens, S.C. for the dashboard camera video of the incident – and a letter allegedly sent from Swinney to the town in its aftermath. We’ve been told that the town intends to wait the full fifteen days to respond to our request.
Swinney’s Tigers (3-0, 0-0 ACC) play their biggest game of the 2012 season this weekend in Tallahassee, Florida against the fourth-ranked Florida State Seminoles.
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(Staff writer Colleen MacMillan contributed to this report).