A former Georgia police sergeant has filed a lawsuit against her old employer for infringing on her freedom of speech.
Silivia Cotriss was fired from her job with the Roswell Police Department after it was discovered, following a complaint, that she flew a Confederate flag at her own home, KTLA 5 reported.
After a near-20-year career, Cotriss was fired for what her department dubbed “conduct unbecoming an officer.”
Her attorney, David Ates, said her termination was a violation of her right to free speech as an American citizen, according to KTLA 5.
“She was displaying her pride in her Southern heritage and honoring her recently deceased husband,” the lawsuit read. “The Confederate flag [is a] generally accepted symbol of Georgia heritage.”
The former sergeant is also being represented by the Southern Legal Resource Center whose mission statement on its Facebook page describes it as “a return to social and constitutional sanity especially for America’s most persecuted minority: Confederate Southern Americans.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center called the Resource Center’s founder, Kirk Lyons, a “white supremacist lawyer” and described the SLC as “the legal arm of the neo-Confederate movement.”
Cotriss was fired in July and is suing for either her position back or 10 years pay and other damages, according to KTLA 5.
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