Charleston officer fired over Confederate flag underwear

Charleston Officer Fired Over Confederate Flag Underwear

A police officer in Charleston, South Carolina was recently fired over a controversial pair of underwear.
Sgt. Shannon Dildine posted a photo on Facebook that shows him wearing nothing but a pair of Confederate flag boxer shorts.

That picture quickly made the rounds on social media and caught the attention of his boss - North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers who slammed the officer in a termination letter, saying, "Your posting in this manner led to you being publicly identified as a North Charleston Police officer and associated both you and the Department with an image that symbolizes hate and oppression to a significant portion of the citizens we are sworn to serve."

Dildine has ten days to appeal his firing - but the chief of police argues that the now former officer's actions make it difficult for him to "improve trust and instill confidence when working with our citizens."

@JustinRPro tweeted, "I mean, if you posted a picture of yourself in Confederate flag boxers, what did you think was going to happen?"

But another user commented, "So much for freedom of speech."

Dildine isn't the only one in trouble after posting on social media in wake of the controversy in Charleston.

A volunteer firefighter from Texas who was fired last week over a Facebook comment that appeared to support the Charleston shooter says that his words were taken out of context.

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