Florence Detective Who Was Fired/Rehired Facing Retaliation, According to Memos
November 1: "Officer Hunter was advised ... not to be disrespectful to myself or other supervisors ... He was in my office and while I was trying to give him directions on the code enforcement program he spoke over me in a loud voice. I asked him to go into the officer room until further notice. (Time out for cops?) I advised him, at that time, he is not to be disrespectful to myself or any supervisor. I had given him written information that clarified his duties and assignment. Upon reading the memo there was no need for his abusive tone or questioning."
[In Tatlock's log, there is no mention of an "abusive tone" in his November 1 entry. He simply noted that Hunter was "talking over" him.]
November 6: "I was meeting with our new employee, Officer Horn, at the entrance of the police lobby. I also had an employee from DOC that was delivering a chair for dispatch at the same time and was speaking to me about the delivery. The conversation I was having was interrupted by Officer Hunter who while walking in my direction started saying, "Do you have anything for me. ... Officer Hunter did not address me as Sergeant, Serg, Bill or any other acceptable greeting. His statement was disrespectful of my position as a supervisor for the police department."
Tatlock also was offended that Hunter made small talk with him while signing his application.
"I did not respond and let him proceed to sign the document," Tatlock wrote. "This is the second occurrence that Officer Hunter has acted in a manner unbecoming of an officer and disrespectful of my supervisory position."
Hunter responded to his write-up, essentially noting that Tatlock was "clearly retaliating and misusing his authority against" him.
An excerpt from Hunter's response memo:
Both Hunter and Varnrobinson are pursuing legal action against the town.