Police Officer Fired Over Confederate Flag

The headline pretty much says it all.

A Roswell pastor said a police officer was fired on Thursday after the Roswell Police chief received a complaint that a Confederate flag was flying outside the officer’s house where an official police vehicle was parked in the driveway.

Read the rest at the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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10 thoughts on “Police Officer Fired Over Confederate Flag

  1. “People have a First Amendment right to fly a flag on their own property, but when you have a government-issued vehicle out front, that’s highly offensive and inappropriate,” Jenkins said.

    So this officer does not have First amendment rights? What about not letting him have a police car at home? What happened to having a dialogue with the officer and find out his side of the story?
    Rob you are quick to defend people who are wronged as long as it fits your narrative. Be careful because one day when the winds of public opinion change you may find yourself out of a job.

    1. So this officer does not have First amendment rights? What about not letting him have a police car at home? What happened to having a dialogue with the officer and find out his side of the story?

      As a government employee, your 1st Amendment rights are somewhat murky. It is an issue because you are an employee of the state and charged with carrying out the will of the state. Had the officer simply flew the flag, it would be a different issue. But because he flew the flag while also parking his government car out front, it presents that odd dynamic which might be interpreted as him flying the Confederate Flag in his official capacity as a government employee. There is also the issue of department procedures, etc. The officer can always sue and let the courts decide if he’s still protected under the 1st Amendment. There seems to be some disagreement in the article as well: the pastor claims the officer was fired; the police chief stated that the officer resigned. I suppose the dialogue with the officer went on behind closed doors.

      Rob you are quick to defend people who are wronged as long as it fits your narrative. Be careful because one day when the winds of public opinion change you may find yourself out of a job.

      Please point out where I’ve made a defense or an attack anywhere in this post…

      Please point out where I argued for or against the officer.

  2. People lose their jobs every day for doing things that bring disrepute on their employers. It happens.

    In this case, at least, the officer will probably be able to file an appeal. That wouldn’t be the case if he worked for a private employer.

  3. Lee Williams

    Honestly the flag that was being flown is part of Georgia heritage. This officer should have not been fired and should sue the department, county, and state. There is no offense to the flag as it doesn’t hate. People hate and this black white issue is getting to a point of insane. Blacks need to stop wanting pity and the whites need to start realizing that we are in this world together and need to take a deep breath before some of our actions. I am so sick and tired of seeing all the blacks blaming the whites for slavery. That was before any of our living generation. Holding the past is not healthy. Move On. Grow up and maybe we can all act like the adults that we are.

    1. I am so sick and tired of seeing all the blacks blaming the whites for slavery. That was before any of our living generation. Holding the past is not healthy. Move On. Grow up and maybe we can all act like the adults that we are.

      But earlier you said the officer flew the flag as a part of Georgia heritage. I’m confused as to how you can say black people need to “get over it,” but white people and in particular this officer, can fly historical symbols associated with racism and white supremacy. Why is this officer okay remembering his “heritage” when black people are not allowed to protest a situation that has led to generations of inequality and despair?

  4. BlackLivesMatter

    Pity? How silly. People are asking — demanding equality, equal justice under law, equal protection under law, that they not be shot on sight without a fair trial –to be treated as innocent until proven guilty. The narrative you’re pushing about black people asking for pity –that’s part of the problem. The flag you’re apologizing for stands for white supremacy, oppression, bigotry, and every other thing people keep fighting for precisely because people like you keep dismissing their issues as, “asking for pity.” Get the hell outta here with that BS. You’re missing the point. The police serves the people –they make a choice to get into that profession, and they need to be impartial. This guy has a point of view –he’s racist.

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