Some Georgia Sheriffs Start Placing ‘In God We Trust’ Decals On Sheriff’s Cars

ATLANTA, GA – Spurred by confrontations nationwide between police and the public, nearly a dozen law enforcement agencies in Georgia have joined a national movement that’s reigniting debate over God and government. In the last six weeks, sheriffs’ departments in the Georgia counties of Berrien, Burke, Coweta, Douglas, Gilmer, Haralson, Paulding, Polk and Walton have affixed their vehicles with decals that say “In God We Trust.” The phrase, cherished…

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Nebraska State Patrol Effort That Would Put On-Duty Troopers In Church Pews Brings Controversy

LINCOLN, NE – The goals of the plan sounded simple enough: Build public trust in the Nebraska State Patrol and bolster the agency’s image by getting troopers out into the community more often. Col. Brad Rice wanted his roughly 385 officers to occasionally put down their ticket pads and put in appearances at the Friday night football game, the Saturday county fair and the Sunday church service. The initiative…

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Chicago’s Reasons For Failing To Hiring Muslim Officer Not Pretextual

Ricky Martinez is a Muslim male of Middle-Eastern origin. Martinez filed a federal court lawsuit alleging that the Chicago Police Department failed to hire him as a probationary police officer because of his religion. In dismissing Martinez’s claim, the Court applied the “indirect method of proof” test to Martinez’s claim. Under the test, if a plaintiff establishes a prima facie case by showing that he or she is a…

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Milwaukee Sheriff Improperly Brought Religion Into Workplace

In April 2006, the newly-formed Fellowship of the Christian Centurions (the Centurions), a peer support group created specifically for law enforcement officers, sent flyers to law enforcement agencies in the state of Wisconsin. The advertisement offered the officers an opportunity to discuss issues unique to them, but from a religious perspective. This included discussions on impacting others for Christ and on Christ’s impact in their lives. The flyer’s primary…

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