McClatchy drops lawsuit against City of Pickens
PICKENS COUNTY—A former Pickens Police officer who was terminated after ticketing Clemson University’s head football coach last September has dropped a lawsuit against the city.
Michael McClatchy, who has been employed with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office since May, vowed to go after the city with a wrongful termination suit last year, but has recently had a change of heart.
The incident that sparked the firing was a speeding ticket.
McClatchy was allegedly fired for blogging about a traffic stop involving Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney, who was traveling at a rate of 63 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to reports.
During the stop, Swinney argued he was late for a radio show.
The city said McClatchy was not fired for giving the ticket, but for using department time to write about the incident online.
The 31-year old state commissioned officer said last year he saw nothing wrong with his actions during the traffic stop.
“The law should be enforced in a fair manor and applied equally to everyone,” said McClatchy. “I took a solemn oath to do just that, and that is what I did.”
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