Former officer loses suit over Facebook comments - - Jackson, MS

Former officer loses suit over Facebook comments

A former Greenville police officer wants a federal appeals court to reinstate her lawsuit against the city.

Former Sgt. Susan Graziosi argues officials violated her free speech rights by firing her over comments posted on a social networking site.

She was fired in 2012 after posting criticism on Facebook of Police Chief Freddie Cannon's decision not to send department representatives to the funeral for a Pearl police officer killed in the line of duty.

U.S. District Judge Michael Mills in Oxford, Mississippi ruled in 2013 that Graziosi's venting on Facebook was not protected by the First Amendment.

Mills said Graziosi had a chain of command she could have used to raise concerns about Cannon's decision.

Oral arguments are Sept 3 before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.


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