Drew chooses a controversial new Police Chief

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Drew has hired a new police chief. The Drew Board of Aldermen has chosen Terry Tyler for the position. He previously served as Police Chief of Tutwiler and was fired in 2012, after a video posted on YouTube showed members of his staff encouraging a mentally disabled teenager to eat a mouthful of cinnamon as part of a prank. The video shows the young man running for water and appearing to vomit while people laugh. Tyler’s attorney said the incident was already underway by the time the police chief arrived, and that he had pointed the teen to a water fountain. It was apparently part of a short-lived YouTube trend where people filmed themselves trying to swallow cinnamon without water, and there were reports that the young man wanted to do it. The Drew Board chose Tyler for the position against the recommendation of Mayor Harvey Burchfield, who thought the position should go to Lieutenant Edward Lucas.


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