When a Georgia police department found out that one of its cops was flying a Confederate flag above her house, it fired her—and now she’s suing her bosses for violating her freedom of speech.
Sgt. Silvia Cotriss had been a widow for a month and a cop for just shy of 20 years. And now she was being called down to the police department headquarters in Roswell, Georgia, on a Thursday in July to explain why the Confederate flag was flying prominently in her driveway.
Waiting for her in a conference room was Police Chief Rusty Grant, his deputy chief, and her captain. According to Cotriss, she had already explained to the department’s Office of Professional Standards investigators that the flag belonged to her late husband and she continued to fly it in his memory.
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