How Not to Gain Respect

Police chief shane flynt was recently suspended once a video was made public of him smoking pot. He is seen commenting that his pipe is full of pot. In Mississippi, it is illegal to engage in pot smoking and while he brags about breaking the law, his underlings are out on the street arresting his constituents for just possessing a pot plant.

On the video, he brags

“I’m only chief of police in Lumberton that likes to smoke weed. If this ain’t no cool S***, Who the coolest here? Me! I’m the coolest here!”.

The video was anonymously leaked to local news agency WDAM. After it went public, the mayor suspended flynt. Shortly after the suspension, flynt posted on facebook

“Please know that one video, one mistake, does not define the person I am, my moral or ethical values. I made a juge mistake, first of all, I trusted the wrong person, welcomed them in my personal home, they recorded me in a vulnerable state and they planned every minute of it. This person being my wife who is obviously very vindictive. I love serving the town of Lumberton, the people there are like family to me. It saddens my heart that I’ve disappointed many as well as myself. Just a thought .. Where would we all be if we all had hidden cameras in our home? What would our neighbors, preachers, co-workers, friends, etc. think of our conversations? There is no excuse. I pray you all find it in your hearts to show me grace and know that I am truly sorry for this incident”.

There is more to this story that seems to indicate that the chief is not the only bad apple. The chief was put on suspension just prior to this video, the police department refused to discuss the reason. After this recent suspension, the city’s board of aldermen put him back on the job. The chief attempted to resign but his resignation was not accepted. The mayor claims he had not seen the video but when shown, he said it was quite disturbing. One board member was willing to comment and he said that he still supports the chief. The board member, jonathan griffith said

“Everyone in life makes mistakes, and, so, it is our intent to make sure we investigate this matter properly. I currently support the police chief, yes I do”.


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