Indiana State Police Senior Trooper, Brian Hamilton, has been dismissed from the force, following multiple complaints of on-the-job and seemingly compulsive proselytism, this blogger learns.1
In his official reaction, Hamilton is quoted as saying:
I am 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.2
To anyone with an interest in seeing secular values upheld, the construing as religious persecution of what is simply disciplinary action following several counts of professional misconduct is an all too familiar tune, and a favourite of the faith-stricken. As far as responses to the allegations go, Hamilton sounds positively deranged. Obliviousness to (or disregard of) the effects of one’s actions on others, as well as actually ignoring a cease and desist order, presumably on grounds that spiritual mandates trump secular ones, should be grounds for psychiatric evaluation, let alone dismissal.
That said, Kevin Dutton, PhD,3 in his 2013 study “The Wisdom of Psychopaths”,4 ranks police officers in seventh place in a list of the ten professions with the most psychopaths,5 so perhaps this shouldn’t come as a surprise. (It’s also well worth having a look at the other nine professions, in the interest of developing appropriate coping strategies, where necessary.)
It should be taken as a positive sign of some small progress, that the inappropriate nature of his behaviour has been recognised both by his employer and by the state, and that the situation has been remedied. His response above (given in an interview with Fox News) is all the evidence anyone could ask for that he was unfit for the job.
1 Srinivas, Rahul. “‘Do You Accept Jesus Christ?’ Proselytizing Indiana State Trooper Fired After Repeated Complaints, Lawsuits.” Inquisitr.com, 8 Apr. 2016. Web. 8 Apr. 2016.
2 Srinivas, op. cit.
3 A British psychologist, author, and speaker, specialising in the field of psychopathy. More on him here.
4 Available on Amazon, obviously. For further reading, licensed clinical social worker and writer, Steve Becker, provides an insightful critique of Dutton’s study, “Critiquing ‘The Wisdom of Psychopaths’, by Kevin Dutton, Ph.D.” Lovefraud.com, 26 Nov. 2012. Web. 8 Apr. 2016.
5 Barker, Eric. “Which professions have the most psychopaths? The fewest?” Bakadesuyo.com, 5 Nov. 2012. Web. 8 Apr. 2016. Table based on excerpts from the Dutton study.