NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - A former Sergeant with the North Charleston Police Department is now suing the city for wrongful termination and termination based upon race, according to court documents.
Along with the City of North Charleston, Mayor Keith Summey is also mentioned as a defendant in the case, and Police Chief Eddie Driggers.
Shannon E. Dildine was terminated in June of 2015 for allegedly posting a photo wearing boxer shorts with the design of the rebel flag.
He was a sergeant and had been with the force since November of 1996.
The photo in question was allegedly posted on June 22, 2015, five days after the mass shooting at the Mother Emanuel AME Church. The accused shooter, Dylann Roof, had been previously photographed holding a Confederate flag and a gun.
According to a letter sent to Dildine from Police Chief Eddie Driggers, he was let go because "it could compromise any criminal cases involving minorities because a defense attorney could use the photo to call into question his motivation for making an arrest."
During Dildine's time with the North Charleston Police Department, he served as a Drug Enforcement Detective, a Field and Training Officer, and then a Uniformed Patrolman. He was offered a position as a Corporal, and then promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
It is noted in the court documents that Shannon Dildine routinely received satisfactory to above-satisfactory for performance evaluations. During his time with the NCPD, he received no complaints, according to his record with the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Dildine was formally disciplined one time for a minor incident that was recorded as an alleged offense.
We have reached out to the North Charleston Police Department for a response to the lawsuit, but have not yet received one.