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.