Killen, Alabama Police Chief Bryan Hammond has been suspended without pay after taking to Facebook to joke about Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones.
Democrat Doug Jones is the Senate special election opponent of Republican Roy Moore. Moore has been accused by multiple women of inappropriate relations and assault when they were underage.
Hammond claims he was only joking online when he wrote “Silence is consent” on his Facebook page, according to AL.com.
He also claimed that Jones “fondled” him on a Boy Scout camping trip. He later said that the remarks were “sarcastic.”
The Hill reports:
The off-color quip comes amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Jones’s special election opponent, Roy Moore.
“On another note, Doug Jones fondled me on a boy scout camping trip in 1978,” Killen police Chief Bryan Hammond wrote in a Facebook comment, as reported by AL.com.
“I wasn’t gonna say anything, but I just couldn’t stand the thought of him being a senator. I was ok with it until now. By the way, you can’t see me right now but I’m crying as I type this.”
Hammond also put up a picture of a yearbook signature, which says: “Bryan, Thanks for the great time camping. Doug Jones.”
Hammond was suspended for 15 days without pay.
Hammond also attached a mock yearbook signature from Jones, obviously referencing Beverly Young Nelson’s yearbook signed “Love, Roy Moore, D.A.”
There’s been much speculation that the yearbook signature was faked because it read “D.A.,” which is a verifiable mark from Moore’s secretary, Delbra Adams.
She and Gloria offered the only “proof” in all the accusations that Moore and the woman even knew each other – Nelson’s 1977 high school yearbook allegedly signed “Love, Roy Moore, D.A.” It’s come to light that “D.A.” were the initials of Judge Moore’s longtime assistant and secretary, Delbra Adams, who says she habitually added them to his official signature, as proved by a divorce document he signed years later with the identical D.A. initials – coincidentally, a divorce decree in the case of none other than the very same Beverly Young Nelson.
That’s a big problem for Allred and Nelson since there’s no way that Moore would have added his assistant’s “D.A.” initials to a personal 1977 yearbook signature (also he was an Assistant D.A., then a judge, never a D.A.) AND especially since Ms. Adams didn’t startworking for Judge Moore until 1989, 12 years later. And there are other big doubts about the validity of the Moore signature.
Hammond meant to criticize the guilty-until-proven-innocent response to Moore accusations, particularly in light of a signature seemingly by Roy Moore’s secretary before she became his secretary.
Nevertheless, Hammond’s jokes, particularly “Silence is consent,” resulted in his suspension.
Hammond is suspended for 15 days without pay because of the comments that were reported by AL.com, said Killen Mayor Tim Tubbs. The mayor declined to comment further on the situation.
In a phone interview with AL.com, Hammond said none of it was true, that he was making a joke.
“That was sarcasm,” the chief said.
The story has since gone viral, with the chief facing a firestorm on social media.
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