Officer Fired for Posting Picture To Facebook

In a case that makes you wonder if America is still fit to be called "land of the free," Sgt. Shannon Dildine posted a photo of himself wearing Confederate Flag boxer shorts on Facebook. While this is obviously not displaying the best judgment, it certainly isn't illegal. Yet, as a result, the North Charleston police officer was terminated. In a letter obtained by ABC News, North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers writes:

"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."

Although "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. Driggers also wrote that the decision to post the photo in the wake of “current events” showed a “lack of a reason or judgment that is unacceptable."

According to the letter, Dildine has 10 days to appeal the decision. This incident comes after multiple retailers, including Walmart and Amazon, agreed to remove any items with the Confederate Flag image from their stores and websites. Several South Carolina lawmakers are also pushing to have the flag removed from the front of the Statehouse.

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