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Indiana Trooper Fired After Evangelizing Motorist

Indiana Trooper Fired After Evangelizing Motorist

A Senior Indiana State Trooper was fired Thursday after a second complaint of evangelizing citizens when he pulled them over.

Former Senior Trooper Brian Hamilton, 40, of Connersville, was a 14-year veteran of the Indiana State Police.

Hamilton directly violated an August 2014 counseling statement where he was told in writing:

“During the course of his official duties, S/Trp. Hamilton will not question others regarding their religious beliefs nor provide religious pamphlets or similar advertisements.”

This allegation brought a lawsuit against the ISP, and it was brought to a close in April 2015.

The most recent allegation of Hamilton questioning a citizen’s religious affiliation, while engaged in enforcement actions, was reported in a citizen complaint on January 14, 2016.

According to the insubordination order that led to his termination, Hamilton asked the woman he had pulled over if she went to church.

He allegedly invited her to his church, and gave her the address, and then went on to ask her if she was saved.

This resulted in an Internal Investigation on January 15, 2016, which was concluded March 9, 2016.

Formal charges were drafted on March 22, 2016, and on this same day, a hearing date was scheduled for 8:30 a.m., April 7, 2016.

The Indiana Civil Liberties Union is preparing to sue Hamilton as an individual.

 

Hamilton was employed with the state police from Dec. 9, 2001 to April 7, 2016. His last assignment was at the Pendleton State Police Post.

He was on administrative duty assignment from Jan. 15 until his termination.

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10 Comments

  1. Aggy

    At last some raiatntlioy in our little debate.

  2. Alex

    I’m not quite sure how to say this; you made it exrelmtey easy for me!

  3. Victoria Cherry

    This isn’t a termination offense, that’s just my opinion.

  4. Justin

    I sincerely hope that no one who has responded so far is either a Police Officer or member of the Justice System in any capacity. First off Steve as an Officer you have the right to stop cars for violations of law which is what the former Trooper did you don’t have the right to continue holding someone in detention to preach to them against their will after the business of the stop has been concluded. Once he did that he was violating her rights or does only the Trooper have rights in your eyes? Would you consider it acceptable for say a Satanic trooper to pull you over and then give you a lesson on his beliefs while you were not free to leave? As Police Officers we act as agents of the Government so you must be mindful of the rights of others and your capability to violate and diminish the rights of others which is contrary not only to your oath of office but the very ideals upon which our country was founded.

  5. Brian out West

    Hooray for the ACLU. They should sue the… wait… they are suing the OFFICER??? Isn’t it the officer whos civil liberty is being trampled? Does he surrender his first amendment right when he puts on his uniform? Bill Of Rights, Article 1: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…” As hard as I try, I can’t find anything about a “freedom from religion,” as some claim exist. It was the citizen who was breaking an actual law of the land, not the officer. He broke a department policy or admonishment, which separates him from his free exercise of religion. Sounds like it’s time for him to contact Alliance Defending Freedom about their representation in court. Besides, if the offending citizen were smart, she would have answered his questions as best as she could tell that the officer wanted to hear… and hope that by agreeing with him, he would use his officer discretion! “Yes sir, I also attend a Christian church! … just not as much lately.”

    • Eric

      Does he surrender his first amendment rights when he puts on his uniform? The legal answer to that is, yes… When a state agent is operating in their office and in the carrying out of their duties, they have no free speech protection. What he does outside of that is his own, but while operating as an agent he does in fact surrender his liberties, as the first amendment in that context actually does not exist to protect him, but the people from him as he is, by definition, the state.

    • Eric

      A police officer in uniform carrying out their official duties, does in fact have their first amendment rights restricted, because while in the course of that you are a state agent, and the first amendment exists to protect the people from actions by the state…. which in this context is in fact you as the officer. If you cannot understand the difference between you as an agent and you as a person, then I would not recommend persuing any type of civil office as a career path.

  6. Steve Crawley

    It’s amazing how people can cuss and say just about anything they want except for anything to do with Jesus, or church. This man has freedom of speech no matter what job he has and or clothes or uniform. Was not stopping him from doing his job, nor causing this lady harm. It’s so easy to say lm not interested. And go on and forget it. Im offended by al sorts of things by other people, but if it is not politically correct issue’s, it does not matter. People in this country have gone nut’s this should not be an issue at all.

  7. George

    If I was to be pulled over I would be glad to be asked those questions . He needs to get a job where he will be appreciated . Good luck Sir .

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