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Ga. police major ousted in flap over funeral bands
Savannah police major says she was forced out after offending chief over funeral protocol
By The Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) ' A Savannah police major says she was threatened with demotion by the police chief because she contradicted him at a funeral on protocol for officers wearing black mourning bands on their badges.

Maj. Gerry Long said Monday she chose to retire after her 30 years rather than be demoted to captain by Savannah-Chatham County Police Chief Willie Lovett.

Long spoke after The Associated Press reviewed internal affairs interviews requested under Georgia's open records law. The interviews showed the chief told officers at the Nov. 12 funeral of a retired police chief to remove bands from their badges because he didn't die in the line of duty. Long says she told a sergeant she disagreed but "do what you've got to do."



Police spokesman Julian Miller says the major's actions amounted to unacceptable insubordination.


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