Officer that was fired in Dabo Swinney traffic case says he was unjustly fired

The Pickens Police Department that was fired for posting details of a traffic stop involving Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on an internet message board finally spoke out on Monday. And according to, he feels that he was unjustly fired.

Michael McClatchy says that he told Pickens Police Chief Rodney Gregory that he planned to post his side of the story on the message board. And that he posted on the message board because he “had seen several inaccurate accounts of the incident”.

But there’s more, Assistant Chief Travis Riggs has said that McClatchy, “posted, while on duty, while using one of our computers, comments about the citation that was issued to Mr. Swinney.” But McClatchy says he posted the comments from his home computers.

McClatchy also read a letter that he received from Swinney wishing “the situation had been handled differently.”

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