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Confederate Flag Results In Black Police Officer’s Firing, Rehiring


Confederate Flag Results In Black Police Officer’s Firing, Rehiring. JACKSON, Miss. — A black Mississippi Capitol Police officer fired after a weekend confrontation with protesters waving Confederate battle flags and Mississippi flags outside the state’s new civil rights museum got his job back a day after the discipline was publicly reported. A video posted Saturday on Facebook captured the encounter with Officer Wardell Jackson, 57, of Byram, Miss., and an unidentified white protester. Waving Confederate battle flags around the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, which opened Dec. 9 and African Americans hold in high regard, is “almost like desecration,” said state Rep. Kathy Sykes, a Democrat from Jackson. Mississippi is the only state with a Confederate battle flag incorporated in its state flag design. The state flag doesn’t fly outside the civil rights museum or its companion, the History of Mississippi Museum, and it also isn’t displayed outside any of the state’s major universities. The Delta Flaggers, a Greenwood, Miss.-based group, protest outside state institutions that don’t fly the state flag. The flag was adopted in 1894, and in 2001, Mississippi voters chose to keep the controversial symbol by a 2-to-1 margin. “I think it was too drastic to fire him. It sends the wrong message,” Sykes said Tuesday. On Wednesday, Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration officials, who oversee the Capitol Police, confirmed that Jackson had been rehired. The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion Ledger had reported Tuesday on the dismissal.