Mississippi Corrections Officer Fired For Being Gay (Which His Boss Only Found Out About When His Boyfriend Started Beating Him)

The ACLU today brought suit against the Forrest County Sheriff’s Department in Mississippi on behalf of Andre Cooley, a corrections officer for juvenile detainees, who was fired after his then-supervisor responded to a June domestic violence 911 call between Cooley and his boyfriend. “After Cooley’s boyfriend told Bolton that he and Cooley were in a relationship, Bolton told Cooley not to return to work before speaking with his immediate supervisor,” an ACLU release claims. “The next day, Staff Sergeant of Jail Operations Donnell Brannon informed Cooley that he was being permanently terminated. Cooley asked Brannon if he was being fired because he was gay, and Brannon responded, ‘Yes.’” Man I hope there was a digital recorder going.