Cop suspended amid rebel flag dispute at civil rights museum

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An African-American police officer says he was fired, then rehired and suspended, after a verbal confrontation with people carrying Confederate-themed flags outside the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

Wardell Jackson tells The Associated Press the confrontation happened Saturday, and that he was fired Monday from the Mississippi Capitol Police and re-hired Wednesday. He says he is suspended until the following Monday and is being moved from day shift at the museum to night shift inside the state Capitol.

Capitol Police protect state government buildings, including the museum that opened in December.

The Mississippi flag includes the Confederate battle emblem. People carrying it and rebel flags were lining up for a rodeo parade Saturday behind the museum. Jackson says he tried to stop some from standing on a wall to take photos.