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Ind. Officer's '0INK' Plate Causes Lawsuit

July 22, 2013  | 

Motorists who want a vanity plate will have to put their plans on idle until a lawsuit over an officer's "0INK" plate is settled. Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Scott Waddell said late Friday that the personalized license plate program will be temporarily suspended, pending the outcome of the legal case.

The lawsuit that prompted the BMV to park the vanity plate program was filed in a Marion County Superior Court in May by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of a Greenfield Police officer, Rodney Vawter.

Vawter for three years had a license plate that read "0INK"—with a zero in place of the O—but when he tried to renew it in March, it was rejected.

The lawsuit says Vawter considers the plate's verbal pig snort "an ironic statement of pride in his profession."

Read the full Indianapolis Star story.

Tags: Off-Duty Life, ACLU Activism, Greenfield (Ind.) PD


Comments (5)

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Troop @ 7/22/2013 10:27 PM

Not smart to advertise you are a LEO.

Budd @ 7/23/2013 4:28 PM

Troop,
Agreed on it being ill advised to advertise being a LEO, I feel the same way about the "Blue Line" stickers. Too many bad guys know what they mean nowadays.

Trigger @ 7/24/2013 7:14 AM

This cop needs to find something to do with his spare time!!

Capt. Crunch @ 7/24/2013 10:02 AM

Stupid to advertise your a LEO and stupid to make a big deal out of it with the BMV.

Bob@Az. @ 7/24/2013 12:11 PM

OK, agree with the no advertising your profession, but how about freedom of speech? Where does the BMV get off refusing someones right if it is what he/she wants. Maybe he's a pig farmer on the side? Did they ban all the cute little plates with slogans that could offend? What about the "Vet" plates? I'm a vet and it doesn't bother me, but it could annoy some muslim. Too much interference from gov't agencys. Blues, Stay Safe.

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