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The reluctant activist, and a S.C. town that fought back for their gay police chief

Monday, July 14, 2014
Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore stands beside her police SUV on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Latta, S.C. Residents of Latta rallied around Moore after the mayor fired her and mentioned he didn't like she was gay, even voting to strip the mayor of his power so Moore could get her job back.
LATTA, S.C. -- When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her "lifestyle" as "questionable," she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over. Then, this conservative, small town rebelled. The people of Latta, who voted overwhelmingly for a [...]

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S.C. town reinstates lesbian police chief after voters take away mayor’s power

Friday, June 27, 2014
Crystal Moore is reinstated as police chief in Latta, S.C., on Friday, June 27, 2014.
LATTA, S.C. -- The town council in Latta, S.C., on Friday evening reinstated police chief Crystal Moore just hours after officials certified Tuesday's vote to change the town's form of government from "strong mayor" to "strong council." Moore, who is openly gay, was fired by Mayor Earl Bullard in April [...]

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Lesbian police chief to be reinstated after town votes to take away mayor’s power

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Crystal Moore
LATTA, S.C. -- Residents in Latta, S.C., on Tuesday voted to change the town's form of government to "council-strong," a move that would strip the town’s mayor of much of his power and allow the council to rehire its lesbian police chief who was fired by the mayor back in [...]

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S.C. town blocks homophobic mayor from replacing fired lesbian police chief

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Mayor Earl Bullard
LATTA, S.C. -- The Latta, S.C. Town Council on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of two key measures supporting fired police Crystal Moore, who residents and council members speculate was fired by a homophobic mayor because the chief is gay. [...]

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S.C. town questions anti-gay mayor’s abrupt firing of lesbian police chief

Friday, April 18, 2014
Crystal Moore
LATTA, S.C. -- Residents and city council members in Latta, S.C., are questioning the abrupt firing of the town’s first female and openly lesbian police chief, after a recording of the mayor defending the firing reveals his anti-gay bias. [...]

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