North Charleston police officer fired for Facebook photo showing him dressed in Confederate flag
That’s the word North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers used Thursday to describe a Facebook photo of one of his officers dressed in Confederate flag boxers.
The officer, Shannon Dildine, has since been terminated.
The controversial photo shows the now former police sergeant standing bare chested and dressed in nothing but rebel flag boxers or shorts. Dildine’s termination letter from Driggers was obtained by Charleston TV station WCIV and ABC News. 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 […] In light of current events posting an inflammatory photograph in a way that permitted it to become widely distributed shows a lack of reason or judgment that is unacceptable […].
Dildine is the second North Charleston police officer to be fired this year.
In April, former officer Michael Slager was fired after video surfaced of him fatally shooting Walter Scott to death. Slager was indicted for murder and is currently awaiting trial.
Driggers told ABC News Dildine has ten days to appeal the decision.