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Judge Favors Police Officer on '0INK' License Plate

May 08, 2014  | 

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles was wrong when it refused to renew Greenfield, Ind., police officer Rodney Vawter's vanity license plate that read "0INK," a judge ruled Wednesday, reports USA Today.

A Marion County judge issued a summary judgment in favor of Vawter and other Hoosier motorists who were denied what the BMV deemed to be "objectionable" or "derogatory" messages on personal plates.

For three years, Vawter had a license plate that read "0INK" — with a zero in place of the letter O — but when he tried to renew it in March 2013, it was rejected.

"Corporal Vawter selected the phrase '0INK' for his license plate because, as a police officer who has been called 'pig' by arrestees, he thought it was both humorous and also a label that he wears with some degree of pride," the lawsuit states.

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Tags: First Amendment


Comments (4)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 5/8/2014 5:45 PM

Drawing attention to you and your vehicle will have dire consequences. Suspects can now determine where you live by your vanity plated car parked in your driveway. By making your vehicle stand out you are making your car and yourself a target for vandalism. I find it just plain stupid, but go ahead and take the chance but just remember you can't live in your car 24/7.

gp cobb @ 5/8/2014 8:34 PM

I concur, not to prudent IMO.

Capt. Crunch @ 5/8/2014 9:21 PM

I also agree with Ima Leprechaun, we should think about our family and friends don't give these cop haters info that could cause harm to our family and friends.

Frederick Roller @ 5/9/2014 5:50 AM

I have had my OINK plate since the early seventies and never had a problem w/ vandalism. My neighbors and local authorities were aware who I was and appreciated knowing. With it parked in my driveway our neighborhood had a lower vandalism rate than the rest of the city. Coincidence? Who knows?

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