Victor Hill may have been voted out as sheriff in 2008, but his actions still affect our county, unfortunately.
Recently, Anthony J. McMichael, senior pastor of Jonesboro’s Mt. Nebo Baptist Church was charged with impersonating an officer by flashing a badge allegedly provided to him by Hill, in order to beat a Douglas county speeding ticket. This is the same badge McMichael denied having when the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department asked him to return it earlier this year, according to the present sheriff.
Incredulously, McMichael stated via ajc.com that, “It was the vindictive spirit of Clayton County to go after any association with Victor Hill.” Perhaps McMichael should have been more careful who he associated with given Hill’s track record during his lone term as sheriff.
Current sheriff’s employee badges have been replaced (thanks to Sheriff Kem Kimbrough) so that Clayton residents don’t have to wonder or worry about who they’re dealing with if ever approached by law enforcement. The badges distributed by Hill to his friends have six points. Legitimate sheriff’s badges now have seven points and a badge number, as pictured on the CCSD Web site.
“The public has a right to know who is a law enforcement officer or not, and to trust that when presented a badge, they are really dealing with a law enforcement officer,” says Kimbrough. “That’s why it is a crime to present a badge without authority to do so, and we will uphold and enforce that law – whether they are our badges or another agencies.”
Well, if you still have a Victor Hill issued badge … save it for Halloween 2010 and dress up as a former sheriff’s deputy. Although you probably won’t get away with using it then, either.
McMichael could be fined up to $1,000 along with a one- to five- year prison stint, a department spokesman said. Your thoughts? Will Clayton ever be done with Hill?