HolyCoast: Gun Control Story of the Day

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Gun Control Story of the Day

This guy has a winning lawsuit in his future:
A Detroit groundskeeper, who turned in a loaded handgun he found hidden in weeds while working, was fired by the Wayne County Department of Public Services, MyFoxDetroit.com reports.

John Chevilott, who is just two years shy of retirement, found the loaded snub-nosed revolver on May 3 when he and his crew were mowing a lawn in Wayne County. Chevilott secured the gun, waiting for police to drive by so he could hand it over to them.

But, according to the station, the Detroit police never did pass by, so Chevilott finished his work that day, drove the gun home and later that same evening turned it into his local police department.

He says the cops ran the gun and discovered the weapon had been stolen from St. Clair Shores in 2005.

"They said I did the right thing getting it off the street," Chevilott told MyFoxDetroit.com.

However, Chevilott's superiors at the Wayne County Department of Public Services had a much different opinion. His foreman, who had knowledge of the situation, was suspended for 30 days, and after 23 years on the job, Chevilott was fired for violating department policies.

According to a Wayne County spokeswoman and the rules, employees aren't allowed to possess a weapon on work property.

Chevilott says he didn't bring a weapon to work. He found it on the job.

"There is no policy. I've never seen a policy what to do if we find a gun out here. So, all I did was secure the situation to make sure nobody else got hurt or killed."
Firing the guy for THIS? Two years before he's supposed to retire? Detroit is gonna lose big on this one.


Handgun Grip said...

Let us the progress on this case please.

Underdog said...

So. . . according to Detroit's unwritten city employee procedures protocol, the employee groundsman is to simply walk away from the loaded handgun where someone else has a chance of finding it? Sweet! (NOT!)

This is an object case lesson in why Common Sense is so uncommon.

He needs to get a lawyer, and win this case.

Sam L. said...

Another example of Detroit's continuing downfall.

Nightingale said...

The grounds-keeper's ship has come in! He's going to get more money than his retirement would have ever provided.