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SC Highway Patrol Mulls Uniform Change

SIMILARITY TO “REBEL GRAY” CITED AS CONCERN … || By FITSNEWS || As dissension builds within the S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) over allegations of discrimination against white troopers, those in charge of the agency are reportedly moving forward with additional politically correct plans. According to our sources at the agency,…

SIMILARITY TO “REBEL GRAY” CITED AS CONCERN …

|| By FITSNEWS || As dissension builds within the S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) over allegations of discrimination against white troopers, those in charge of the agency are reportedly moving forward with additional politically correct plans.

According to our sources at the agency, embattled S.C. Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) director Leroy Smith and governor Nikki Haley both want to do away with the agency’s gray uniforms and patrol cars – ostensibly to avoid any connection to the gray military uniforms worn by officers of the former Confederate States of America (CSA).

No word yet on how much it would cost to replace the SCHP’s existing uniforms or repaint the vehicles …

The discussion comes two months after the Confederate flag was removed from the grounds of the S.C. State House following a contentious legislative debate.

Our view on the rumored uniform change?

It’s silly … and constitutes an unnecessary expense.

If the SCHP wants to start rotating in different colored uniforms (and repainted patrol cars) moving forward, we have no problem with that.  Such a change is up to the agency’s leadership.

But replacing every uniform and repainting every patrol car in the name of political correctness?

Um, no.  We can’t get on board with that …

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170 comments

Just to piss flip off September 2, 2015 at 8:39 am

I say make them wear rainbow colored uniforms.

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flip September 2, 2015 at 9:56 am

It may be coming.I am for it if it keeps Democrats and their voters from their mission of killing cops.

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shifty henry September 2, 2015 at 9:59 am

All states should adopt pink pajamas.jumpsuits for the cop killers — beginning with the day they are arrested.

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flip September 2, 2015 at 10:29 am

Like it.A little Sheriff Arpaio from Arizona.

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shifty henry September 2, 2015 at 11:41 am

Thanks — I couldn’t remember his name. Isn’t he associated with tents, green bologna, and some other stuff to annoy his guests?

Speak D Truth September 2, 2015 at 1:29 pm

MRE’s,Piping in Rush Limbaugh, enforcing immigration laws.

CorruptionInColumbia September 3, 2015 at 9:30 am

… with a little hole strategically placed on the “bottom”…

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fred farkel September 3, 2015 at 9:46 am

And what about the cops that kill?

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Frith September 2, 2015 at 8:42 am

I’d be fine with a car/uniform color change if it meant that they would be more visible. I doubt that an increase in visibility is likely to happen

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shifty henry September 2, 2015 at 9:08 am

The cars are supposed to “blend” in on the highways. One of the original colors, I’ve been told, was the color of asphalt gray, and it was called “Moonstone”. Someone clarify that if this is wrong.

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Frith September 2, 2015 at 9:15 am

The fact that they are supposed to “blend” is the problem.

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vicupstate September 2, 2015 at 9:17 am

In that case, I am in favor of this if they paint the cars Fuchsia.

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Speak D Truth September 2, 2015 at 10:51 am

More visible? Like a target for bad guy? They have reflective vests and blue lights that make them visible when need be.

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Frith September 2, 2015 at 10:57 am

“The bad guys” don’t seem to have a problem finding cops if they are intent to do harm, blending in- or not. It is us, their employers, who need to see them easily when there is a problem.

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Speak D Truth September 2, 2015 at 11:21 am

You can’t see blue lights? Or are the 9 and 1 on your cellphone not illuminated?

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Frith September 2, 2015 at 11:31 am

Never go full retard.

Speak D Truth September 2, 2015 at 11:38 am

I bet your driving record has more points than a porcupine and that’s why you want them to be more visible.

Frith September 2, 2015 at 11:46 am

You just went full retard

AsianSuperfly September 2, 2015 at 8:51 am

Ridiculous, Expensive and Unnecessary.

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nitrat September 2, 2015 at 8:58 am

SCHP should wear a unique uniform/hat which is easily distinguishable from a county deputy and a city policeman when they are all at the same wreck.
I think that’s what we usually have now…

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The Colonel September 2, 2015 at 9:02 am

Uhm yeah, most Confederate uniforms were “butternut”, or navy blue just like union troops wore (some union troops went to war in grey uniforms oddly). An imported blue gray fabric was widely used later in the war but by that point it was “wear what ya got”.

This idea borders on the stupidity that the Army has gone through over the last 10 years with our Army Combat Uniform digital camouflage that only blends in in gravel parking lots. The State House should prevent this foolishness.

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shifty henry September 2, 2015 at 9:13 am

It just shows their stupidity….

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The Colonel September 2, 2015 at 9:28 am

I honestly think “leaders” (who couldn’t lead a thirsty drunk to a bar) do stuff like this so they can point to it and say “…look at the change I made…” as if all change were somehow magically good. The Marines haven’t changed their basic dress uniforms in more than 70 years. I’ve had to purchase three different dress uniforms in my 33 years. In 82″ the Jarheads and the Army were wearing BDUs, I was issued two sets of BDUs and two sets of gas station greens, from then I’ve had chocolate ship cookies, jungles, three color deserts, three different versions of BDUs until we switched to those gawdawful ACUs in ’05. The Jarheads switched from BDUs to their current uniforms in ’04.

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RogueElephant September 2, 2015 at 12:47 pm

And the tax payers got stuck for all of it. The uniform mfgs. make a bundle as well as all the Army surplus folks. I remember years ago when the military went from the OD field jacket to the camo version. I had to go to Ft. Jackson and had the new one on. One of the guys I went to see asked if I had my receipt ? I told him yes I actually did. He told me that the marines had been issued the new jackets but the Army hadn’t gotten theirs yet. I had bought mine at the Army surplus store in my home town. Already surplus before they were even issued. Cool.

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The Colonel September 2, 2015 at 1:07 pm

I loved my old green field jacket, I wish I could find a real one. Totally useless as anything but a windbreaker without a liner but what a great piece of kit…

shifty henry September 2, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Still in excellent condition, and in my hall closet, the only remaining friendly items from my Navy tour ————-
1) PEACOAT
2) WATCH CAP

The Colonel September 2, 2015 at 9:46 pm

I was working with Surface Deployment Command in ’03 and found myself “…way up north where the air is cold…” on an extended mission. I needed a coat to wear when off duty and bought a pea coat at the NEX. That thing is almost enough to make me want to get “haze gray and underway”. Mine’s hanging in the hall closet as well though my watch caps are all an ugly shade of green called foliage and I don’t wear them with anything but my ugly, useless ACUs. The pea coat is another great piece of kit.

shifty henry September 2, 2015 at 10:27 pm

Thanks for the story. I walked through a blizzard in mine. Ok, I only had to walk about 3 miles, but I was alone!

RogueElephant September 2, 2015 at 9:50 pm

I was never issued a liner for mine, even though I spent two winters in Denver, Colo. The later camo. one I refered to above was a lot warmer and much better looking.

The Colonel September 2, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Green was better looking, the camo one was a better jacket though. Liners are the schnizzle, you got to get one. When we wanted to be hooah, we’d just wear the liner under the BDU top, that was good down to about 35 degrees, for me after that it was snivel level four.

Steven A. Smith September 3, 2015 at 9:03 am

The better looking green field jacket was the one that had the straight collar vs the rounded one with the hood in it.

The Colonel September 3, 2015 at 9:11 am

You’re either wearing your dads, older than dirt, or a frequent visitor army navy stores. The zipper hood jacket is called the M 1968 because they begin issuing it in 1968. I do agree that the old school jacket is better looking. The only thing that damn hood was good for was getting yelled at when you had it out of the pocket or when it was snowing.

Steven A. Smith September 3, 2015 at 9:22 am

I did not have to wear my ‘dads, older than dirt” jacket, since I served 1964 til 2002. I was issued that jacket and just making a point that it looked better with the ole OD uniforms.

The Colonel September 3, 2015 at 9:28 am

You’re option two, “older than dirt” (I’m there with you brother). I think the jacket sans hood was an M-1951. One of my instructors at Fort Gordon (who I’m pretty sure was around at the formation of the Earth) wore one, one of my peers commented on “that old jacket”, which engendered a 45 minute lecture about how “…he had socks older than we were… “. This was 1983 or 4… (I got the year wrong for the current version, it was ’65)

Steven A. Smith September 3, 2015 at 9:38 am

LOL, I know what you mean Colonel

Guido Sarducci September 2, 2015 at 3:24 pm

The NJSP still wear the same uniform as they did in 1929 with a few minor changes to accommodate automatic pistols, and the replacement of boots and breeches. The uniforms are the same weight as they were in 1929…100% wool and it gets hot and humid in ‘jersey. Some idiot on their Executive Staff (imagine that) tried a SS shirt with a tie and the troops went nuts-o! Then they tried to make female Troopers wear differently styled covers than the males, and everybody went nuts-o again!
Leave tradition and heritage the hell alone. Pack up all this political correctness shit with Leroy and send his ass home. Nikki’s toast anyway, so we’ll just have to put up with her shit a while longer.

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The Colonel September 2, 2015 at 9:51 pm

I think the highway patrol in Philadelphia have a similar story, those Yankee chips like to take the stiffener out of the brim of their caps and sort of fold then down on the sides, quite odd looking.

fred farkel September 3, 2015 at 11:22 am

Hey The Colonel “Philadelphia Highway Patrol” When did Philadelphia become a state? Let’s get your facts straight pal. Regarding facts kindly name those “Yankee chips that take the stiffener out of the brim of their caps”. If you are referring to Yankee chips as in New England, Yankee, then be advised that none of New England states have a “highway patrol”, All New England states have STATE POLICE moniker. There is a difference between chips aka highway patrol and state police.

The Colonel September 3, 2015 at 11:31 am

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Highway_Patrol

The Philadelphia Highway Patrol is a division of their Police Department that handles the highways and traffic enforcement in the Philly PD jurisdiction. I had dealings with them one lonnnnngggg summer a few years ago. They have a very distinctive uniform, a lot of motorcycles and they wear cavalry boots. I can tell you some stories about the Penn State Patrol as well (If you stood one of them beside a SCHP officer you’d think they were in the same force, their uniforms and cars are almost identical)

Chips is showing my age I guess, I think its a bit more polite than cops,pigs or fuzz…

Oh, thanks for “…getting my facts straight…”

fred farkel September 3, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Well colonel I hate to inform you that the city of Philadelphia re-allocated this unit back in 2005 and integrated it back into the main department. I guess you are aging and I’m really not interested in the dealings you had with Pennsylvania State Police. Cops, pigs or fuzz would be appropriate for the way these lawman are shooting citizens these days. Hell Marshall Dillon and Wyatt Earp had more regard for “serving and protecting” than some of the clowns we have today.

The Colonel September 3, 2015 at 12:56 pm

That would’ve been ’03 getting units ready to deploy out of Dix/McGuire. Do the motorcycle policeman still wear the cav boots?

Lisa McElveen Ramsing September 3, 2015 at 11:42 am

Thank you
you said it ALL
I say we go up to Columbia and HELP them Pack THEIR BUTTS UP and GIVE THEM A TICKET TO THE MID EAST with the QURAN LAWS and SEE HOW LONG THEY LAST.
I am s Tired of this PC BULLSHIT…
I AM TIRED OF TRYING TO BE A SOUTHERN LADY AND NOT
SAY ANYTHING UNLADY LIKE.
BUT, NOW MY HUSBAND A (RETIRED SC TROOPER OF 31 YEARS ) HAS PASSED AWAY.
I DONT CARE IF I OFFEND ANY or ALL OF THEM.

fred farkel September 3, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Lisa dear who said you are a “southern lady”? If your hubby would only had stopped “pigging down those doughnuts and lived a better life maybe he would still be around. In your other posts you don’t sound to well yourself. In my mind I picture you as another Paula Deen!!!!

Col.Flagg September 2, 2015 at 9:51 am

I told ya.Now they are going after law enforcement. Was the flag worth it?

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shifty henry September 2, 2015 at 9:56 am

Someone remind me again…. what color did the Confederacy paint their wagons?

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RogueElephant September 2, 2015 at 9:32 pm

I thought digital camo was so they could sneak up on computers. Silly me. LOL

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The Colonel September 2, 2015 at 9:35 pm

There is a tangent of truth in that, it was supposed to make it less observable by electro optical devices.

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RogueElephant September 2, 2015 at 9:38 pm

Really ? Damn I’m good. LOL

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shifty henry September 2, 2015 at 9:05 am

This chickenshit talk about cleansing of history/heritage has to cease. When will people stand up to these African agitators and those who lick their assholes? (strong comments withheld)

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Tazmaniac September 2, 2015 at 9:44 am

Shifty, behind every post civil rights protest is a pasty White Communist or Anarchist agitator. Look at who is funding these protesters, pull the curtain back to see the European “Globalist” ahole using ignorant, maybe not stupid, Blacks to do their bidding. Maybe schools need to teach a little more about what happens to useful idiots after Commies gain control.

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Frith September 2, 2015 at 10:59 am

If you use the word “anarchist” in the same breath as “communist”, that word doesn’t mean what you think it means

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Speak D Truth September 2, 2015 at 8:23 pm

I clicked like by mistake. By placing an “or” between the terms he is indicating that both groups choose to create problems by agitating minorities to engage in civil rights protests. That does not mean that they are using them for the same purpose.

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flip September 2, 2015 at 9:54 am

Excellent points. You can NEVER appease or make the “agitators” happy. Even when they win they are angry,bitter and want MORE.

We get a Democrat president in 2016 and the American Flag WILL be coming down.

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CorruptionInColumbia September 3, 2015 at 9:16 am

Who says it won’t come down before then?
At the rate things are going…

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Lisa McElveen Ramsing September 3, 2015 at 11:24 am

Well, I am a Widow of
SC State Trooper. He served his State for 30years .We were married for 31 yrs until his
passing of a Heart attack.I have been waiting for this BullShit to start about the color of the uniforms.
Guess they forgot. Across the (Entire Nation) of State Troopers Law Enforcement Conference in 90’s SC was VOTED the Best Dress UNIFORM. EVERY STATE in The USA voted SC the BEST.
Maybe they will come up with idea they should SUE ALL the others States for Voting that way.
I SICK of this Political CORRECT BULLSHI.
YOU ARE CORRECT
THE WAY ITS GOING THEY’LL WANT THE USA FLAG DOWN AND CHANGED.

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Lisa McElveen Ramsing September 3, 2015 at 11:22 am

Well, I am a Widow of
SC State Trooper. He served his State for 30years .We were married for 31 yrs until his
passing of a Heart attack.I have been waiting for this BullShit to start about the color of the uniforms.
Guess they forgot. Across the (Entire Nation) of State Troopers Law Enforcement Conference in 90’s SC was VOTED the Best Dress UNIFORM. EVERY STATE in The USA voted SC the BEST.
Maybe they will come up with idea they should SUE ALL the others States for Voting that way.
I SICK of ALL this Political CORRECT BULLSHIT

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jimlewisowb September 2, 2015 at 9:06 am

You sons of bitches keep fucking with anything that has tradition associated with it

For some unknown reason you have to leave your mark on everything you touch just like the slime trail that follows you everywhere

Just because Haley and Smith have the “power” to make a change does not validate the change

Don’t know who may run for Governor but I will write the bastard/bitch a check and put their signs in my yard if they give the slightest indication they will run that POS Cockroach Smith back to whatever rat’s carcass he crawled out of and undo everything the Gypsy Queen Bitch has done

Since the Cockroach came from Florida maybe he still has some contacts with Ringling Brothers Circus

Maybe they will lend him some goddamn clown suits and a couple of fucking clown cars where he can hasten the move of the Highway Patrol from Fubar to Cluster Fuck Level 5

Fucking Cockroaches

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shifty henry September 2, 2015 at 9:12 am

Thanks, Jim, for finding my lost notes….

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Comrade1917 September 4, 2015 at 1:41 pm

It looks like a New Jersey state police uniform. Was N.J. a confederate state?

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Estella Bunny Howe September 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Obviously not; but I’m sure between Christie, Haley and the RNC you will see theirs changed next. Disgusting.

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TrikkiNikki September 2, 2015 at 11:56 am

Jim Lewis, I always love reading your shit.

Sincerely,

Nimrata

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RogueElephant September 2, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Tell us how you really feel. Don’t hold back. You might blow a gasket. LOL

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Soft Sigh from Hell September 2, 2015 at 5:28 pm

I, for one, would donate to have some biological control at the statehouse and elsewhere.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/05/27/say-hello-to-the-dementor-wasp-it-turns-cockroaches-into-zombies/

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linthead sandlapper September 2, 2015 at 8:49 pm

Don’t worry owb, they will just get replaced with whatever the village people wore. Ass less chaps and a complimentary dildoe.

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fred farkel September 3, 2015 at 9:42 am

My goodness you certainly have an anger management problem pal. It’s guys like you that this state a bad name. Suggest you get some help pronto.

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jimlewisowb September 4, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Bless your heart farkel,

Will take a pass on your suggestion – after bunking over for these bastard Cockroaches for over 70+ years, anger ain’t even on my radar screen

As for the “guys like you” smart ass remark, mother fucking little rat faced pieces of shit like you wouldn’t be able to have the opportunity to post comments if it wasn’t for guys like us

ps I ain’t your goddamn pal either

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fred farkel September 5, 2015 at 3:33 pm

My oh my, you have a fine grasp of the English language. May I ask you with this reply, do you love me?

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Lisa McElveen Ramsing September 3, 2015 at 12:07 pm

WHY SIR, MY HAT IS OFF TO YOU.
YOU SUMMED IT UP VERY NICELY…
THANK YOU.
WIDOW OF A SC STATE TROOPER.
PROUD TO HAVE BEEN HIS WIFE
OF 31 YEARS. I WAS A MEDIC & FF FOR 25+ YEARS.RETIRED NOW BECAUSE OF HEALTH.
WE HAVE A BUNCH OF IDIOTS
UP THERE PLAYING AT OUR
EXPENSE……….
GOD BLESS AND WATCH OVER
OUR ?BLUE LINE? BROTHERS AND SISTERS, BECAUSE WE YOUR BROTHERS & SISTERS ON THE
??RED LINE? SUPPORT YOU.
WE ARE ALL IN IT TOGETHER.

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fred farkel September 3, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Lisa darling. Chill baby chill. If you keep this up you are going to join your hubby in law enforcement heaven. After all you got TWO pensions every month, not bad for “southern lady”.

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Estella Bunny Howe September 8, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Why? Much respect to this lady for speaking out. She obviously knows that loyalty doesn’t die just because you retire. I applaud her for speaking out.

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shifty henry September 2, 2015 at 9:10 am

I’m still looking for an African trooper in that photo. And those rifles should be at the same angle.

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Speak D Truth September 2, 2015 at 11:19 am

‘It’s not your daddy’s shotgun, Pyle”

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swpbbls September 2, 2015 at 9:10 am

We [the royal one] could go all over the map with this wardrobe change.

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-most-ludicrous-official-uniform-ever-seen

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shifty henry September 2, 2015 at 9:21 am

That link is terrific — I couldn’t decide on a favorite …..

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Steven A. Smith September 2, 2015 at 9:10 am

My lord, the cost will be astronomical. Easy math, count the number of Troopers, multiply by number of uniforms per trooper, add in the number of uniforms kept in inventory for replacement, add in the sewing fees for patches, etc. Then figure in that the patch and cars have grey on them, and that is just what I can think of off my head. THIS IS NUTS and it will cost SC citizens a fortune. When will this madness stop. Folks, teh civil war has been over more than a hundred years. It happened and taking all of these things away, that might be connected to the civil war, will break the state.

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shifty henry September 2, 2015 at 9:13 am

good post…

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Superfly September 2, 2015 at 9:21 am

It would be cheaper to fire Leroy. The General Assembly should write a proviso in next budget to prohibit the purchase of any uniforms that differ from current.

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Guido Sarducci September 2, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Outstanding comment!

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Lisa McElveen Ramsing September 3, 2015 at 11:19 am

Well, I am a Widow of
SC State Trooper. He served his State for 30years .We were married for 31 yrs until his
passing of a Heart attack.I have been waiting for this BullShit to start about the color of the uniforms.
Guess they forgot. Across the (Entire Nation) of State Troopers Law Enforcement Conference in 90’s SC was VOTED the Best Dress UNIFORM. EVERY STATE in The USA voted SC the BEST.
Maybe they will come up with idea they should SUE ALL the others States for Voting that way
I AM SICK OF THIS BULLSHIT.

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Speak D Truth September 2, 2015 at 10:44 am

I wonder of they will get those same shitty colored uniforms that Florida has.

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RogueElephant September 2, 2015 at 12:36 pm

We don’t have the money to fix the roads, but have the money to piss away on this crap. These bureaucrats will do anything but their jobs. Time for replacements.

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Guido Sarducci September 2, 2015 at 3:29 pm

How about give these folks a raise, say thank you for all that you are doing, and stop kicking the shit out of the road troops. That might be nice.

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RogueElephant September 2, 2015 at 9:55 pm

What did I say that you didn’t understand ? The bureaucrats I referred to are the desk jerks that make these silly proposals not the troops on the ground. The road troops do a great job in spite of the “leadership”.

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Lisa McElveen Ramsing September 3, 2015 at 11:20 am

Well, I am a Widow of
SC State Trooper. He served his State for 30years .We were married for 31 yrs until his
passing of a Heart attack.I have been waiting for this BullShit to start about the color of the uniforms.
Guess they forgot. Across the (Entire Nation) of State Troopers Law Enforcement Conference in 90’s SC was VOTED the Best Dress UNIFORM. EVERY STATE in The USA voted SC the BEST.
Maybe they will come up with idea they should SUE ALL the others States for Voting that way.
I SICK of this Political BULLSHIT

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Sammy Harrell September 3, 2015 at 9:40 pm

That’s right. They took that flag down in 4 days. They can’t fix a pothole in 2 years. All these Officers being murdered and this is what these lowlives can think about?

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Original Good Old Boy September 2, 2015 at 12:43 pm

How fucking stupid is this proposal. Just a two-minute Google search reveals that both Ohio and Pennsylvania troopers wear gray uniforms. Im sure there are other non-southern states that do the same.

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Lisa McElveen Ramsing September 3, 2015 at 11:20 am

Well, I am a Widow of
SC State Trooper. He served his State for 30years .We were married for 31 yrs until his
passing of a Heart attack.I have been waiting for this BullShit to start about the color of the uniforms.
Guess they forgot. Across the (Entire Nation) of State Troopers Law Enforcement Conference in 90’s SC was VOTED the Best Dress UNIFORM. EVERY STATE in The USA voted SC the BEST.
Maybe they will come up with idea they should SUE ALL the others States for Voting that way.
I SICK of this Political BULLSHI

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Bible Thumper September 2, 2015 at 9:20 am

Butternut jacket with brass standup shank buttons, sky blue trousers and slouch kepis hats would also be acceptable.

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Tazmaniac September 2, 2015 at 9:36 am

When it is not your money these kinds of stupid decisions are easy.
#otherpeoplesmoney

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Jackie Chiles September 2, 2015 at 9:40 am

Wow. Just wow.

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davis mcclam September 2, 2015 at 10:06 am

While they are doing this, I say paint the state house. It sure looks gray to me.

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Unbelievable September 2, 2015 at 10:40 am

Other than the fact that one guy needs to learn how to perform “Right Shoulder Arms” you couldn’t ask for a sharper looking group of guys. There is no need to change anything. This will be wasting tax payers dollars. I guess the new uniforms will come with a target on them and a slot for the command staff to stab you in the back without damaging the uniform.
Mike Oliver if you do not put an end to this and all of the bullshit going on as DPS then you do not deserve to be called Colonel or to ever be recognized as a trooper. Find your balls and find your pride and stand up for the people that you are supposed to be leading.

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Speak D Truth September 2, 2015 at 10:46 am

From the way that these guys are getting fucked by their leaders they might as well be wearing gay pride uniforms

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Johnny September 2, 2015 at 10:52 am

What the fuck is this shit…..Smith needs to go and his dumbass HR Director!!!!! I am calling my lawmakers today!

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Leroy's boy September 2, 2015 at 11:02 am

Call your Legislators! Call the Governor’s Office! Call Smith’s Office! Call Oliver’s Office! Don’t stop with Smith and the HR racist! Demand the Ball-less Colonel resign. Require that the cowardly Lt Colonel be fired. Don’t forget the adulterous Major, and the hypocrite OPR Chief as well as their minions.

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Martin September 2, 2015 at 10:56 am

Where is the Colonel of the Highway Patrol at….let me guess another tax payer funded trip ……spineless

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Head in the Sand September 2, 2015 at 11:04 am

He is sitting quietly watching his people get fucked while he waits on his turn as Director. He doesn’t know that they are going to give that job to a man that was incompetent enough to let someone die.

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Doctor Head September 2, 2015 at 11:19 am

More insanity.

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Philip Branton September 2, 2015 at 11:22 am

Hmm……….lets see, a new uniform. Well, considering that BOEING is Blue and White and they owe us 900 Million +, maybe the troopers should wear Blue and White to remind Boeing to pay up. As for their new hat scheme, a nice yellow sombrero may ad some welcoming charm for our tourists and extended visitors around our state. I grew up with troopers as my neighbors and I can imagine the snickers they would be having right now. (Tommy A. Odell and David Bailey) They would make the most of this……stunt.

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Speak D Truth September 2, 2015 at 11:34 am

White socks, Purple Pants, Neon Green shirts, and garrison (cunt) caps. The command staff will wear a Fedora with a feather to identify themselves as the pimps that they are.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein September 2, 2015 at 11:22 am

TBG will be offended if they decide to use any color associated with the Conquistadors, Andrew Jackson, Gen. Custer… or Yankee Blue …or SS Black…

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shifty henry September 2, 2015 at 8:38 pm

… add Pinkos to the list.

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RW Goodwin September 2, 2015 at 11:51 am

Seriously? What’s next – Banning the gray crayon from the crayola box – the gray paint from Sherwin Williams – No more gray cars, pants, dresses, shoes – WHERE does it stop?? This is beyond ridiculous and has gone TOO far! Stand your ground – if changes are made – let the complainers PAY!!!

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Attention Citadel Grads September 2, 2015 at 11:54 am

I wonder if all of the Citadel graduates know that it was one of their own that was allowed to die because an incompetent trooper wouldn’t seek medical aid for him despite obvious signs that he needed medical help, to include his pleas for it. Internal Affairs should still have this tape of file unless it was destroyed when the new chief took over (He would have good reason not to want the facts of this case to be known). The man was charged for DUI so there should be a copy of the video from the jail. Lexington County should have a case file on this also. Is there a statute of limitations on manslaughter and misconduct in office? A lot of people in Blythewood need to stop reading FITS and start typing their resignation/retirement letters.

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Where's Nikki September 2, 2015 at 12:02 pm

NIkki is in DC riding the PC wave while SCDPS goes up in flames.

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grasan September 2, 2015 at 12:43 pm

It’s this type of political correctness run amok that has given Donald Trump a platform. Frankly, I think the majority is sick of the pandering to the minority. I get the flag thing, especially after what happened in Charleston, but the color of their uniforms? Give me a break. This MUST stop.

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grasan September 2, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Further, Haley has to keep her name front and center to satisfy her political aspirations. I have cringed when I’ve heard her name mentioned as a potential VP on the major networks. I honestly feel that she wasn’t qualified to be Governor. Just ask Sarah ” I can see Russia from Alaska ” Palin.

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Drew Collins September 2, 2015 at 12:49 pm

The South Carolina Highway Patrol’s uniforms have won a number of awards as a well-designed uniform. They need to not mess with a good thing.

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Steven A. Smith September 3, 2015 at 9:08 am

That is true and their cars were named the best looking trooper cars in the country once. I think that was when my friend Colonel Lanier was the commander.

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Speak D Truth September 4, 2015 at 11:19 am

You are a good man. DPS would be a better place if you were in the Director’s chair.

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Steven A. Smith September 4, 2015 at 11:34 am

Thanks for the compliment, but I don’t think the state would want to hear my thoughts.

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CorruptionInColumbia September 3, 2015 at 9:27 am

Except maybe those hundred dollar headaches, aka “Smokey” hats. Expecting them to keep the brims on those things as much as they are in and out of cars is ludicrous. The small “cowboy style” Stetsons they wore in the 60’s and 70’s
were much more practical on many levels.

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grasan September 2, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Further…..this just in, Governor Haley has ordered all gray crayons to be removed from stores effective immediately. Also, the Blue-Gray Classic will now be know as the Blue Classic with only one team participating. Partial score to follow…….

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Karolina Trooper September 2, 2015 at 1:43 pm

I call Bullshit on this article

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Speak D Truth September 2, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Word is that they are already field testing them in places.

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jimlewisowb September 2, 2015 at 2:43 pm

I can attest to that fact – a few of us stopped by Subway and as we were entering a Trooper was leaving and he held the door open for us – I complimented him on his nice uniform

After he walked off my friend’s wife looked at me like a woodchuck had just chewed my balls off – What the hell did I do I asked !

Either you or that Trooper is the dumbest bastard who ever pulled on a jock strap

That Trooper was butt nakkied except for his hat, shoes, badge on a leather loop around his neck, that belt around his waist with all those things hanging down and all you could muster up was “nice uniform”

My response was, well somehow I just didn’t feel like it was appropriate to say how’s it hanging since it was obvious by your expression that you already knew

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shifty henry September 2, 2015 at 8:37 pm

Ya’ got me on this one!

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Karolina Trooper September 2, 2015 at 2:58 pm

It’s a different material for year round comfort.

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Speak D Truth September 2, 2015 at 2:59 pm

And the color?

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Karolina Trooper September 2, 2015 at 3:51 pm

The same no changes other than lapels for body cams

Leroy's Boy September 2, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Since you seem to be in the know then enlighten us on some other things like
Why has a certain Major not been fired or disciplined for an affair that he is having with a former SLED Agent.
Why did a former sergeant only get a 5 day suspension for adultery?
Why was he allowed to resign on good terms after other disciplinary problems?
Why was a sergeant able to keep her job after committing perjury?
Is there a Lieutenant that lied and then failed a polygraph that still has a job?
Is there another Lieutenant that threatened to kill a fellow trooper that still has a job?
Why was a trooper fired for turning in a late report?
Why was the Lt. Colonel not fired for walking away from troopers needing help?
Read the comments and answer all of the allegations. I bet you are nothing but an apologist for the organization. Your job is to do whatever it takes to cover up for the corrupt administration. You are probably doing so at their direction out of fear for your job. If not then post your real name and show that you have nothing to fear from your employers. Call Fits and give them an interview.

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Karolina Trooper September 2, 2015 at 5:06 pm

I can only speak on what I know. And I call Bullshit on this article. Why don’t you spend your time getting the word our on Troopers Salaries.
I’m referring to the Road Dogs. The guys and girls on the road.That other stuff is news to me also.

Speak D Truth September 2, 2015 at 6:50 pm

What exactly is a Road Dog? The troopers that I know tolerate the term bear and the retired troopers are referred to as “Silver Bears”. Some of the brand new guys wear those absurd “Road Dawg” shirts but the ones that are dry behind the ears wouldn’t touch it. What does the term mean and what is the history of it?

Karolina Trooper September 2, 2015 at 6:57 pm

So the only part you are worried about is the term Road Dogs.
You have nothing to say about Troopers low pay. Dude take a seat. You just want drama.

Speak D Truth September 2, 2015 at 7:32 pm

There is a lot more being said on here that causes me greater concern than the fact that you are clueless to even explain the term. The that you can read all of the comments on here and be more concerned about a pay raise than the integrity and fairness of your leaders is probably my greatest concern. You are an example of the democratic philosophy of throwing money at a problem and it will go away.
The fact that serious allegations have been made against your Director, Colonel, Lt Colonel, Majors, Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants, and fellow road dogs (whatever the hell that is), and others and your first concern is your pay makes me question your morals and indicates that you are part of the problem. If you go to work everyday and don’t notice the corruption around you then you aren’t much of an investigator.
If you are aware of it and are afraid to speak about it then you are an example of why things need to change.
My guess is that you are an enabler that chooses to ignore it for your own gain. No one could work at a place and be that blind to what is going on around him.

Karolina Trooper September 2, 2015 at 7:36 pm

You’re not a Trooper. So go away.
Keep talking to your friends who telling you these things. And yes pay matters.

Speak D Truth September 2, 2015 at 7:48 pm

More than the integrity of your bosses?

fred farkel September 3, 2015 at 9:50 am

Hmmm. Looks like you are dodging the question pal.

Karolina Trooper September 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm

This article is false.
I don’t care about the scandal.
No uniform change.
I guarantee it.

Speak D Truth September 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm

You aren’t concerned about all of the alleged corruption at the Department of Public Safety? You shouldn’t be allowed to vote much less be given a gun and a badge if these allegations don’t concern you enough to at least be skeptical and ask questions.

Karolina Trooper September 3, 2015 at 1:56 pm

No uniform change. Sorry.

Speak D Truth September 3, 2015 at 2:32 pm

And you duck the questions about the other issues that have been raised here?
I wonder if they cancelled their plans once word got out.
If you were in a position to know about the uniforms (I doubt you are), then you would know about the other scandals.
Did your director lie about racial discrimination while he was a member of the Florida Highway Patrol? (The internet can be your friend).
When you answer that question yes then answer this one- Should he resign from his current position for untruthfulness?
Do you have a Major that is known to have had an affair with a former SLED Agent?
Is your Lt. Colonel a known adulterer?
Has this administration covered up potential perjury by numerous officers?
Read all of the other comments and answer all of those allegations also.
If you are in the know then inform us all.
If you aren’t in fear of your job then post your real name.

Karolina Trooper September 3, 2015 at 2:48 pm

When an article is written about the allegations, I will comment on it. This article is about uniforms being changed which is untrue.

Speak D Truth September 3, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Troopers Fed up article was about some of those allegations. Go to that page and comment away.

Karolina Trooper September 4, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Yes. Maybe. I’ll check.

Crooner September 2, 2015 at 2:28 pm

Owing to our climate, I suggest light colors. Maybe white would be best, and they could add a string tie.

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43lefty September 2, 2015 at 3:07 pm

Most of our roads are grey so if we care about offending people maybe the way to get the roads repaired is to claim their grey coloring is offensive to others.

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Guido Sarducci September 2, 2015 at 3:07 pm

The SCHP uniform is set in law by our General Assembly. They should fire Smith as soon as possible, and not budget a cent towards any foolishness like this. The racial imbalance in the Executive/Command staff is reprehensible as is the discipline meted out against predominately white Troopers.

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Guido Sarducci September 2, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Check out Troopers FED UP on Facebook.

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Thomas Reece September 2, 2015 at 3:26 pm

we have lost our collective minds when are we going to say enough to bad about your simplistic mind and felling we are not going to change a damn thing.

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James Knight September 2, 2015 at 5:25 pm

More stupid ass shit (if its true).

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Amy September 2, 2015 at 5:35 pm

I know lets get pair up a black trooper with every white trooper that way we can make sure everybody is treated fairly……good idea HR Director. …you so smart!!!!

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Roscoe September 2, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Executive order issue by Haley stop all grey cars at the border!!!!!!!!!

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Frederick Mullis September 2, 2015 at 8:15 pm

DFIRE Leroy and recall Haley!! this political correctness is BULL :poop: Enough is enough! All Haley is trying to do is make a place for herself in Washington. I am sick that I voted for her!

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smartoldman September 2, 2015 at 9:49 pm

Nikki, you’ve already pissed us off enough by taking down the flag. You’re quickly loosing the faith and support of the men and women of the State of SC. This suggestion is stupidi!

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Jackie Chiles September 2, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Leroy smith at next cabinet meeting:

“Hey guize, did yall all know that those racist confederates wore black boots???!!!!?? We must ban boots from the highway patrol to avoid that connection.

Also, did you know the state government of South Carolina actually seceded to enforce slavery?????!!!??? Think of the fact that that same state is hiring a bunch of goons in gray uniforms to patrol its streets like slave catchers! We must disband the highway patrol and the state of South Carolina. You wouldn’t want to be associated with racism would you????

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shifty henry September 2, 2015 at 11:13 pm

If I really start to think about that I just might…..

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Joseph Johns September 2, 2015 at 10:53 pm

This is getting way out of hand and I really don’t believe anybody cares
except the people who just have to ring this up. What are we going to
do now ban the color gray?

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shifty henry September 2, 2015 at 11:18 pm

How Hawkins earned his knighthood (from the “Court Jester”)
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Captain of the Guard: [Hawkins is being tested
for Knighthood] He must scale a wall in full armor.

[Hawkins is tossed over the wall]

Captain of the Guard: Candidate passes!

Captain of the Guard: He must bring down a hawk
in full flight.

[a hawk with an arrow is tossed on the ground]

Captain of the Guard: Candidate passes.

Hawkins: But I didn’t even shoo…

Captain of the Guard: [shouts] Candidate passes!

Captain of the Guard: He must capture a wild boar
with his bare hands.

[a piglet comes out of a chute followed by sound effects of splashing in the mud]

Captain of the Guard: He passes!

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John Rocker September 3, 2015 at 8:30 am

Stupidity running rampant! Forward! https://twitter.com/ObamaRecord1

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Uninterested Observer September 3, 2015 at 11:34 am

Proof?

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Angie Dickerson Wheeler September 3, 2015 at 12:18 pm

The money you would spend in doing this, would better be used to find a way to bring down energy cost. I know power bills are getting out of control. It’s becoming a life changer for people, just to pay their power.

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Nunaya Dambizness September 3, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Geez, I had high hopes for Nikki Haley when she got elected; now she’s just showing herself to be as big an idiot as that other S.C. prize package – Lindsey Graham! C’mon, South Carolinians, wake the F*** up!

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R_E_S_P_E_C_T September 3, 2015 at 1:51 pm

So Haley wants to treat everyone the same regardless of skin color.
Liars be gone- Bye Bye Director, So long guys in the Pee Dee, See Ya Sergeant, formerly in Kershaw. Gonna be a lot of you leaving.
Adulterers be gone- Bye Bye Lt. Colonel, so long Major gonna be a lot more following you down the road.
Guys that fix tickets and give out sensitive information- Gonna be a lot of you leaving for that. At least one Leitenants job gonna be open in Columbia.
Racism or racist actions- Good Bye Director, Lt Colonel, most Majors, captains, OPR Chief, HR Director, and the list goes on.

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cjstarr36 September 3, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Call You State Representative and let them know if they will not put a stop to this then they better find another job other than being a Career Politician. I’m going to tell mine I will do everything possible to see he is not re-elected to office if he doesn’t put some kind of legislation together to stop this nonsense. The people in SC can’t afford to pay for what some stupid idiot in the State Capital wants done. Maybe someone knows how the people can impeach Haley…..

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Can you name that trooper September 3, 2015 at 8:39 pm

Watch the video. In the first minute and a half a command staff members walks away instead of helping his men. This guy needs a new uniform. One with a yellow stripe down the back. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLNnmZcHnBA

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roadranger September 3, 2015 at 9:30 pm

This is so absurd!!! In all my 49 years being born and bred here in my great state of South Carolina!!!! I cannot believe this bullshit!!!! I have always thought that the south carolina hp was the sharpest and best looking patrol and now the spineless bitch in Columbia is backing this and wants to spend OUR money on this!!!! What will it be next oh I think I just had a thought hmm let me see here oh yeah….if our personal vehicles or any clothing that we might wear will it be offensive too? Well fu.. you!!! If you Don’t like it then take the ignorance with you piece of shits and Sail Back Across THE African Waters That YOU Came from!!!!!!!!!!

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ampar wingate September 4, 2015 at 7:36 am

well haley might as well forget about running for another term and go on back to Pakistan .how did she get where she is anyway.must have been sleeping with a senator of high ranking or cleaning his bath room or some such

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Speak D Truth September 4, 2015 at 11:09 am

She was born here. Do you really think that making racial/ethnic attacks will make her listen to your outrage and be sympathetic to your concerns?

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Eric G. Wood September 4, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Curious as to what “sources” you have, Also, if this is true, I would direct our leaders to look at the uniforms of some other states, particularly some of our Northern neighbors and see that some of them also have gray uniforms. Doubtful, they are an homage to the Confederacy.

http://www.canigetawordin.com

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Darlene Czeiszperger September 4, 2015 at 4:38 pm

If they have the money to change uniforms and paint on patrol cars, looks like they would have money to have two man teams going out into the streets to protect our officers! Spend the money saving lives of our heroes, instead of trying to please a certain group of people! I know I’d feel much more at ease knowing my husband had someone with him to watch his back.

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Brian Adair September 5, 2015 at 11:52 am

The Cadets at West Point Military Academy wear grey Uniforms.
The State Police is not an Army and not the CSA army. If people confuse the two, they have a problem.
A lot of State Police Depts wear grey uniforms, both in the North and in the South

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Estella Bunny Howe September 8, 2015 at 1:18 pm

HALEY IS THE ULTIMATE TRAITOR—and not just to South Carolina, but to the entire South and the Country in General. She has no roots or heritage in this State or this Country. You saw how fast she turned her backs on the same people who put her in office. Imagine what she would do to our Country. She must be stopped from ever attaining any further elected office. And, personally, IMO she should resign or a recall should be mounted ASAP this PC BS is despicable. And, tell her to take her “towel head” wearing Father with her when she leaves. He shows utter disrespect and contempt for this State and this Country. I wish we had seen this stuff before she was allowed to do so much damage to this State. I am ashamed to say that I voted for her, first time very reluctantly, but then again because I thought she was proud of this State. Well, her recent speeches and her new book prove her disdain for South Carolina and this Country. IMPEACH HER now.

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Brian Hughes September 11, 2015 at 1:10 am

What the actual f**k. How far has fallen the state that once led the charge to stand up for state’s rights, and now cowers in the corner afraid to offend anyone.

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letsspendmore September 11, 2015 at 12:59 pm

I guess they will need to have a shoulder patch that says “black lives matter”….

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Really? September 19, 2015 at 9:32 pm

This is Stupid…The Uniforms have nothing to do with the colors of the Confederacy and I think spending that kind of money would jeopardize any further funding the SCHP would get for additional troopers they need that they seem to be dropping like flies!

The Highway Patrol’s uniforms were inspired by the Pennsylvania State Police, and were designed for comfort and convenience while patrolling on motorcycles. Heavy leather gloves, called gauntlets, and black leather jackets were worn for protection against the elements. Trousers had a black stripe down the outside seam and fit closely from the knee to the ankle, like jodhpurs. For a short while, leather puttees were used, but those were replaced by black leather knee length boots. Both the trousers and shirts were made of grey material with a bow tie of black leather snapped on the shirt collar. The uniform was topped by a visored cap of the type still worn by motorcycle police in many of our larger cities.

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Elfego September 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm

I think they should change to color to Purple and Pink Ties. Unfortunately I supported Haley in two elections she she will not get anything else from me. I thought Leroy also would be OK but he is just another P>O.S. with inherited from the swamp!

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