Police Sergeant, Fired For Wearing Confederate Underwear, Gets Payday

A police sergeant posted pictures of himself wearing Confederate flag underwear.

North Charleston, SC – A former North Charleston police sergeant, who was fired for posting a photo of himself wearing Confederate flag underwear, settled a lawsuit with the city for $55,000.

The officer will not get his job back with his police department.

Former North Charleston Police Sgt. Shannon Dildine claimed, in a federal lawsuit, that he was wrongfully terminated when he was fired in 2015, according to The Post and Courier newspaper.

Sgt. Dildine, who is white, posted a picture of himself wearing Confederate flag underwear in June of 2015.

A supervisor remarked on the posting to Sgt. Dildine the next day, and he immediately deleted it.

Sgt. Dildine told supervisors he “did not believe the Confederate flag was a symbol of hate,” according to the lawsuit. “Instead, he believed it symbolized opposition to bigger or intrusive government.”

The city said Sgt. Dildine’s photo was inflammatory and showed poor judgment, The Post and Courier reported.

North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers said he was fired because the photo undermined Sgt. Dildine's “ability to improve trust and instill confidence when working with our citizens.”

“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,” Chief Driggers wrote in his termination letter, according to the New York Daily News.

Sgt. Dildine said in his lawsuit that he didn’t know that church shooter Dylann Roof had used the Confederate flag to express racial hatred.

Sgt. Dildine claimed the city had discriminated against him because he’s white, citing a black police officer from his department who was not disciplined for appearing in a photo with Black Lives Matter protesters.

The South Carolinian Insurance Reserve Fund will pay Sgt. Dildine the $55,000 settlement.

how dumb can you be. do people still not understand social media?!

Ridiculous.. This is just flat out, 100% ridiculous. So freaking WHAT!! The guy wore some underwear that SOME consider offensive.

MEANWHILE, millionaires, EVERY WEEK, exhibit behavior that the majority of the country finds offensive.... Where's THEIR repercussions ? That's right , there is NONE.

Disgusting, just disgusting.

Let me make this very clear. As a southerner i am highly offended that this man was fired for his underwear. Are you freaking kidding me? There are murderers and rapists on the loose and you asshats spend your time looking for reasons to fire white police officers. Its clear to me who the racist here is. And its not the officer in the underwear. Its the bigot who fired him. What the hell are you doing checking out his underwear anyway pervert. He has a first amendment right to freedom of speech and you clearly violated that right. You should be the one to lose your job and possibly be charged with haye crimes for racially profiling this officer. Its been clearly shown that a black officer in the precinct was not even reprimanded for posting pictures of himself with a federally recognized hate group in #BLM. So who is the racist? You are

I'm from Jackson, Miss and this was our state flag until .....................it wasn't. Totally agree with you Dearnhardt! This kind of crap is disgusting to say the very least. I've lived in Texas for the past 45 yrs and I still have my flag and anyone that knows me , knows that I respect anyone that shows me respect and that's of any color!!

Those aren't Confederate underwear!!! Those are "X marks the spot" underwear..... :D

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At least he was wearing underwear..........

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