After critical 'Aftermath' episodes, Clearwater police chief denies favoring Scientology - 2019-02-03
We're going to guess that the Clearwater Police Department was inundated with angry calls and messages from the public after the last two episodes of Leah Remini's A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath. How else to explain the extraordinary step that Clearwater Police Chief Daniel Slaughter took yesterday, posting a video to the department's Facebook page to explain how his force was being unfairly criticized.
Slaughter became chief in 2014 and has been with the department since 1992, so he knows quite well the history of Scientology's takeover of downtown Clearwater. But he apparently didn't appreciate the blowback he's been getting after Tuesday night's episode, which showed Remini, her costar Mike Rinder, and guest Mark Bunker having a seat on a park bench on land owned by the church.
Six Clearwater police officers showed up, brandishing a 1999 court order that they said prevented Bunker from being on church property. But Rinder explained to them that the 1999 injunction actually governed another area, and that they weren't in violation of it. They agreed to move to the public sidewalk, but representatives of the church never showed up after making the call.