By RON YORK
Today, Lieutenant Calvin Hullett of the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department pled guilty to charges of conspiracy and identity theft. It all stems from a fight over who would represent the Nashville police officers.
I personally know Calvin and have done work for the Nashville FOP when he was president. I have had a good time of fellowship with him at police conventions. Having turned sour on the FOP, Calvin led the Nashville police officers into a revolt against the FOP and affiliating with the Teamsters. What happened after that can only be described as a tragedy for the Nashville Police Department, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Zealotry, no matter what banner it is done under is a mistake. It only leads to destruction. One thing I have learned from working with police officers for many years is that they all bleed red. It is amazing how such brave and wonderful people can so cruel to each other. One thing I can say with certainty - God did not create the FOP, IUPA, NAPO, IBPO, CLEAT, PORAC, AFSCME, or the Teamsters. God has no favorite police union .
Tonight, one who dedicated his life to helping his fellow man goes down because of a misguided trust in man made institutions. Calvin is not an inherently bad person. He is a mere mortal who took his eyes off of the real purpose of being a police officer and became cynical and bitter.
I pray tonight for Calvin :
"Heavenly Father, our brother Calvin Hullett stands tonight in need of your love. Comfort him and his family in his time of need. Help him and us to let go of our hatred and contempt. Guide Calvin and us to peace and reconciliation. Give Robert, Danny, and Ed the strength to forgive him and to once again embrace him. I ask this as your humble and obedient servant - Amen."
Andrew Jackson Lodge of The Fraternal Order of Police
January 6, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nashville, TN—Former Teamster Representative Calvin Hullett plead guilty today in United States Federal Court to charges of Conspiracy and Identity Theft.
The charges stem from a June 2007 break in to the Andrew Jackson FOP youth Camp in Wilson County. Hullett, a former Metro Police Lieutenant, broke into the camp to install secret surveillance equipment. Investigations by the Nashville Police Department and DCS revealed no wrong doing by FOP members running the camp.
“The FOP is glad that Mr. Hullett has taken responsibility for his criminal actions that were intended sully the name of the FOP Youth Camp,” said Robert Weaver, President of the Andrew Jackson Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. “The men and women of this organization have worked many years to benefit the community through our work and the charities we support, specifically the Youth Camp. We look forward to moving forward and continue to build relationships of trust with the community we serve.”
Sentencing for Mr. Hullett will take place later this year.
The Fraternal Order of Police is the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement personnel, with more than 318,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges.