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Jul 17, 2015 2:19 PM

Town officials says worker can display Confederate flag

The Associated Press

CANAAN — A New Hampshire town administrator at the center of a dispute over the Confederate battle flag says the town will drop its policy barring political statements by workers when they are on the clock.

Canaan administrator Mike Samson said Friday that the real victim of the "firestorm" is transfer station manager J.R. Defosse.

Samson on Monday asked DeFosse to stop displaying a Confederate flag on his personal vehicle during work hours. Defosse told the Valley News that he was protesting South Carolina's decision to remove the flag from its statehouse following the shooting of nine people.

Samson says a state law protecting political speech by state and municipal employees prompted the shift. He says Defosse told him he won't display the flag and apologized for the disruption he caused.


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