VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- An assistant public defender who wore a Black Lives Matter tie to court says he was fired because he made online comments accusing his office of being overtly political.
Florida Today reports that 27-year-old Alton Edmond lost his job last week at the Brevard County public defender's office.
FIRED: A Brevard County Public Defender says 'Black Lives Matter' tie raised eyebrows....Public Defender's office... https://t.co/r0Qsu4Avxl
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Edmond says workers in Public Defender Blaise Trettis' office talked openly about supporting President Trump before the election, and Trettis attended a Trump rally.
Trettis says he attended the Trump rally, but it was after-hours. Trettis says Edmond was terminated for several reasons, including recording colleagues talking about politics and leaving a loaded gun in his office.
Edmond says he has a concealed carry permit, and he posted online a recording of himself but took it down after he realized it had voices of his colleagues too.