Charleston officer fired for posing in Confederate boxers days after nine shot dead in black church
A Charleston police officer was been fired after uploading a photo of himself wearing Confederate flag boxers to Facebook, days after nine people were killed in a racially motivated attack on a historic black church.
Shannon Dildine was sacked shortly after the photo went viral, with police chief Eddie Driggers saying the image “impaired the officer’s ability instil confidence when working with our citizens.”
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"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," he wrote.
The incident comes nearly a week after confessed shooter Dylann Roof shot and killed nine black clergy members during a Bible study class at Charleston’s historically black African Methodist Episcopal Church.
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The 21-year-old was later revealed to have racist motives and glorified the Confederate flag's past ties to slavery and white supremacy.
In the aftermath of the racially motivated church shooting, South Carolina lawmakers have begun the process of removing the Confederate flag that flies outside the Statehouse, while several major retailers, like Walmart, eBay and Amazon, have stopped selling the Confederate flag.
Many argue the flag represents hate and racism of America’s past, while others claim it’s a symbol of state sovereignty and southern pride.