Leah Remini's 'Scientology' viewers suspicious of Clearwater police, who are treading carefully - 2019-02-11
Following two January episodes of the Emmy award-winning Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath A&E series that focused on Clearwater history, suspicion on Facebook and Twitter rained down on Slaughter's department and its interaction with the Church of Scientology.
Critics attacked the fact Scientology can hire off-duty officers for security like any other local church when it is the only one with a documented policy for destroying enemies' lives. They also criticized Slaughter's cordial public interaction with an organization investigated, though not charged, by the FBI in 2009 in connection with human trafficking.
The attacks prompted Slaughter to take the rare step of posting a video response online and a guest column in the Tampa Bay Times explaining that despite the church's history, he is obligated by law to treat Scientology like any other federally recognized religious organization.