Federal appeals court upholds firing of officer over to comments about Greenville on Facebook

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GREENVILLE, Mississippi — A federal appeals court has upheld the firing of a Greenville police officer who alleged she was dismissed over comments posted on a social networking site.

Former Sgt. Susan Graziosi was fired in 2012 after posting criticism on Facebook about 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.

She filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city, the mayor and Cannon.

U.S. District Judge Michael Mills ruled in 2013 Graziosi's venting on Facebook was not accorded First Amendment protection. Mills said Graziosi had a chain of command she could have used to raise her concerns.

A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Friday upheld Mills' ruling.

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