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Mark Bunker: Clearwater’s Officer (now Chief) Slaughter oversaw the Scientology detail

[Clearwater Police Chief Daniel Slaughter]

On Saturday, Clearwater Police Chief Daniel Slaughter posted a video responding to the criticism his department has received in the wake of two episodes of Leah Remini’s A&E series Scientology and the Aftermath.

In the video, Chief Slaughter said he didn’t appreciate his officers being criticized, and that his department is caught in the middle of a dispute between a controversial church and its critics.

We responded yesterday, pointing out that people who have had to deal with Scientology in Clearwater tell us they don’t perceive the local police as a neutral party, and that it often seems to operate as Scientology’s private army.

In fact, Clearwater police officers get extra pay by working for Scientology on their off-duty hours, but Chief Slaughter anticipated that criticism and said that only 3.4 percent of extra-duty pay comes from working for the church.

We tried to reach the chief’s public information officer yesterday, hoping to see a full breakdown of those extra-duty assignments. Did that 3.4 percent only include the Church of Scientology, or did it also account for work paid for by the Flag Service Organization, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, the Religious Technology Center, and all of the other entities that Scientology controls but that don’t actually have the name “Scientology” in them?


The PIO, department spokesman Rob Shaw, hasn’t returned our call yet. But we hope he does because we have another question we’d like to ask, and it involves an 18-year-old video that was shot by Mark Bunker.

In the summer of 2000, Bunker put together a really excellent short documentary for the Lisa McPherson Trust, which he was working for at the time. It contained interviews with retired Clearwater Police Lieutenant Ray Emmons and former Clearwater Mayor Gabe Cazares, as well as footage of Clearwater police officers clearly favoring Scientology and bullying people who had come to town to protest the church.

But what caught our eye was something at the very end of the video. Bunker had obtained a list from the department showing how much Clearwater police officers had made that year up to the end of August in extra-duty pay working for the church.


This was a list of officers who had been paid to work during their off-duty hours for the Church of Scientology, and it was above and beyond what they took home from the city working for the department.

As the names continued to scroll, we were a little surprised to see one name in particular.


We called Mark Bunker and asked him. Is the “Slaughter” in that list referring to Daniel Slaughter, who today is the chief of police? (Slaughter himself, in his video Saturday, said that he has been working on the force since 1992.)

Bunker said that it was indeed the same Daniel Slaughter. And besides the fact that he was one of the top earners of Scientology money in the first eight months of 2000, there was another pretty interesting detail.

“He was the officer in charge of that detail,” Mark told us. “He was the guy overseeing the officers who worked for the church.”


You. Don’t. Say.

Here again is the chief, speaking in his video on Saturday: “The mere suggestion that our officers exist to serve any religious organization, specifically Scientology, is patently false and an affront to our officers and the great community we serve.”

We’d like to believe that is true, chief. We really would.

We’re going to leave you with this short video we put together, drawing some contrast between Clearwater leaders, past and present.



Meanwhile, last night on Twitter

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Posted by Tony Ortega on February 4, 2019 at 07:00

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