Fired Capitol Police Office Rehired – To The Night Shift

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — An African-American police officer says he was fired, rehired then suspended following a verbal confrontation with people carrying Confederate-themed flags outside the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum last weekend. Wardell Jackson says the confrontation happened Saturday; he was fired from the Mississippi Capitol Police on Monday, re-hired Wednesday and placed on suspension this week. On Monday he will be moved from day shift at the museum to night shift inside the state Capitol. Several people carrying Confederate flags were behind the museum participating in the Dixie National Rodeo parade through downtown Jackson. The officer said he tried to stop them from standing on a wall to take photos and videos from the day show Jackson repeatedly telling people with flags that they could not block the driveway leading to the museum’s parking garage. Flag supporters thought the officer was violating their civil rights by telling them to move off a public sidewalk by the museum. Jackson was hired by Capitol Police in December after working 21 years in other law enforcement jobs.


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