— A #blackCapitolPolice
officer in #JacksonMississippi
, was fired after he confronted a group waving #Confederatebattleflags
and the #Mississippi
state flag — the only one in the #UnitedState
that depicts the Stars and Bars of the #Confederacy
— outside the state’s new #civilrightsmuseum
Several people carrying the Mississippi flag and #rebelflags
were lining up behind the museum Saturday to participate in the Dixie National Rodeo parade, which made a loop through downtown Jackson. Most of the people with flags were white, but at least three were African-American.
Jackson said he tried to stop some from standing on a wall to take photos. Videos from that day show that Jackson repeatedly told people with flags that they could not block the driveway leading to the museum’s parking garage. “I was there to protect the property instead of letting people block the property,” Jackson said Wednesday.
of Greenwood, Mississippi, was one of the flag supporters at the scene. He told AP in a separate interview Wednesday that flag supporters thought the officer was violating their civil rights by telling them to move off a public sidewalk by the museum. “Our intentions were never to go protest the museum,” Miller said. “The gentleman told them they could not take a picture on the sidewalk with the flag.” Jackson said paperwork he was given when he was fired Monday did not give a reason for the firing. However, he said the head of Capitol Police told him that his conduct Saturday was “unprofessional.” “I feel like I didn’t do anything wrong,” Jackson said.
Capitol Police would not discuss the case, referring all questions to the state Department of Finance and Administration, which handles hiring and firing. The department’s spokeswoman, Chuck McIntosh, said he could not discuss a personnel matter.