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.