Ex-officer sues over firing related to Facebook

By The Associated Press

GREENVILLE — A former police officer claims in a lawsuit that Greenville officials violated her free speech rights by firing her over comments on a social networking site.

The Delta Democrat Times reports that former Sgt. Susan Graziosi was fired May 9 after posting comments on her Facebook page.

The lawsuit says the comment was, “Dear Mayor, can we please get a leader that understands that a department sends officers (to) the funeral of an officer killed in the line of duty?”

The comment allegedly was in response to Greenville’s decision not to send a representative to Pearl police officer Mike Walter’s funeral. Walter was killed May 1 in the line of duty.

The lawsuit targets Greenville, Mayor Chuck Jordan and Police Chief Freddie Cannon.

A city attorney had no comment.