A Byrd-less Thanksgiving
This is not an ad for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), this is in reference to the news I received about one of our police officers, Timothy Ryan Byrd. I was told that Byrd lost his appeal to have his police certification re-instated. I don't have an official confirmation of this matter, but I'm sure it is something that will be discussed at the next regular scheduled board meeting. For those of you not aware of the story, I will catch you up on the details. Back in September of this year, it was discovered that Byrd has lost his certification because of his actions/behavior at his previous law enforcement job at the Pearl River Sheriff's Department. I don't know the details that led to the loss of his certification because he resigned before anything could be placed in his file. In order to file an appeal to have his certification re-instated as a police officer, Byrd had to get hired again in the field of law enforcement. Somehow, he stumbled upon the dumping grounds of Lumberton and since there was a new chief in town, coupled with the fact that we have a board of aldermen that don't check the background of those hired to serve and protect, Byrd was hired to work with the Lumberton Police Department.
Now here's the gotcha. First of all, it's amazing that this board is not concerned about those they bring into this city; they just give them a gun, a t-shirt with a printed badge, keys, a gas card and let release them into the community. Second, when it was discovered that Byrd's certification was in the appeal process, Bobby Gibson and Timothy Johnson refused to vote to suspend Byrd until the appeal process was completed; which meant Byrd was still patrolling the City of Lumberton knowing that he could lose his certification appeal at any time; leaving the City of Lumberton liable for any acts of malfeasance that may have been committed by this officer. Finally, and this is the most interesting part of the equation, how in the Hattiesburg are you going to wild-out and act a donkey knowing that your certification may not be re-instated? I guess this is where the devil plays with his minions. If I knew I needed my certification restored, I would have come to this town like I was the kindest person on earth. I would have been walking old ladies across the streets, helping customers with their grocery at the store, getting cats out of the tree, etc. to make people think I was an honorable person. Instead, he came into Lumberton trying to make a point by treating citizens like criminals and this caused some people to see him for what he really is and it's possible that some of those people took time to write letters of complaint to the certification board. Like I stated earlier, the news of Byrd's departure has not been discussed at an official board meeting, but when I find out more, I will let you know.