His father was a sheriff, his mother was a school teacher and Tommy Pope was destined to continue their careers in public service. After graduating from Rock Hill High School, Tommy pursued a degree in Business Management at the University of South Carolina. As a freshman, Tommy began working at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) as a “phone boy” — literally, the boy who answered the phones. Throughout his undergraduate years, in addition to his phone boy duties, Tommy ran the blood hounds, cut down marijuana fields and apprehended criminals. By the time he graduated from Carolina in 1984, he had “blue lights in his blood" and soon became a full time agent at SLED.
Lot of talk on SC House floor today about this story.
@tommypopeSC noted Black lawmakers voted against 1 of 4 Black judicial candidates. @leonhowardsc76 responded that White lawmakers could’ve approved her themselves then spoke at length about diversity.
Thank you @MichelleBoudin for your great reporting on this important issue and to @tommypopeSC for sharing your passion to help law enforcement officers with PTSD in our workers’ comp systems! https://twitter.com/wcnc/status/1364002030906408960