Former Indiana State Trooper Brian Hamilton was fired last week for proselytizing to unsuspecting motorists during traffic stops.
Hamilton, an evangelical Christian, was a 14-year-veteran with the Indiana State Police. In 2014, Hamilton pulled over Ellen Bogan for speeding. After giving Bogan a warning he asked her if she had a “home church” and if she’d accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior.
The whole time, his lights were on,” Bogan said. “I had no reason to believe I could just pull away at that point, even though I had my warning.
Hamilton handed her a pamphlet which stated that Bogan needed to “acknowledge that she was a sinner.”
After Bogan reported the trooper’s behavior, Hamilton still kept his job after receiving an official reprimand; he was also ordered to attend counseling.
However, Hamilton decided to ignore his superior’s warning and continued to preach to motorists during traffic stops. The department had no choice but to fire Hamilton after they received another complaint concerning the troopers inappropriate conduct. The more recent complaint against Hamilton almost mirrored Bogan’s account, prompting the ACLU to take action.
The ACLU filed a claim Tuesday on behalf of a Fayette County woman, Wendy Pyle, saying her constitutional rights were violated.
The lawsuit alleges Trooper Brian Hamilton of the ISP Pendleton post pulled the woman over for speeding and gave her a warning. He then asked her what church she went to and if she was saved. Documents said Hamilton invited Pyle to his church and even gave directions.
The complaint alleges Pyle answered “yes” to both questions because she was uncomfortable and wanted to end the stop.
FOX59 contacted Hamilton for his reaction to his department’s decision to terminate his employment.
Oh well…I’m just following what the Lord told me to do and you can’t change what the Lord tells you to do. So if the Lord tells me to speak about Jesus Christ, I do. And that’s why they fired me so that’s where we’re at,” he said before disconnecting.
WCPO reports that in 2012, the “good servant” of Christ was reprimanded for lying to dispatch falsely stating that he was off-duty. He lied to avoid going to a hospital where they needed him to investigate a reported rape.
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Right-wing religious fanatics were quick to jump to Hamilton’s defense. Here’s a video from one fanatic who practically writhed in ecstasy at the thought of reporting “Christian persecution” in America. You can skip ahead to 2:48 if you don’t care to hear about prophetic bald eagles and dead carcasses.
And here’s the opposite reaction video from someone who’s obviously not a big fan of guys like the man who’s featured in the video above.
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