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Judge Favors Police Officer on '0INK' License Plate

May 8, 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.

ATF Attempts to Quash Agent's Fast and Furious Book

October 7, 2013
The ATF agent who blew the whistle on the agency's failed Fast and Furious gun tracking operation told Fox News he'll publish a book about his experiences over the agency's objections.

Video and You

October 2, 2013

If you aren't speaking and behaving at all times in public the way you want to appear when you're uploaded on YouTube, you could have some unpleasant surprises in store.

Pa. Council Moves to Fire Profane Chief

September 20, 2013
Chief Mark Kessler was suspended July 31 for using borough weapons to produce a series of profanity-laden YouTube videos. The council voted 6-1 on Thursday to fire him.

Pa. Chief Suspended Over Profane, Pro-Gun Videos

August 1, 2013
Gilberton (Pa.) Police Chief Mark Kessler has been suspended for 30 days for using borough weapons without permission in profanity-laden YouTube videos.

Profane Chief: Death Threats Are Pouring In

July 31, 2013
Gilberton (Pa.) Police Chief Mark Kessler has received numerous death threats, as well as support, for posting several profanity-laced videos supporting gun rights.

Video: Pa. Chief's Profanity-Laced Video Goes Viral

July 24, 2013
Gilberton (Pa.) Police Chief Mark Kessler has made several profanity-laced videos showing him cursing and firing fully automatic weapons that have raised questions about the chief's off-duty behavior.

Video: NYPD Arrests Man Filming Outside Station

June 21, 2013
A man arrested outside a New York City police station claims he was falsely arrested for taking photos and filming officers coming and going in their personal vehicles.

Who Are the Oath Keepers?

April 4, 2013

After witnessing what he saw as an unconstitutional outrage in the wake of Katrina, a constitutional law scholar founded the Oath Keepers, an organization for peace officers and soldiers who adhere strictly to the letter of the Constitution and swear not to obey any orders that they believe to be unconstitutional.

SF Nudity Ban Upheld In Federal Court

January 30, 2013
A federal judge cleared the way Tuesday for the city of San Francisco to ban most displays of public nudity, ruling that an ordinance set to take effect on Feb. 1 does not violate the free speech rights of residents and visitors who like going out in the buff.

Court: Flipping Off Cops Is Constitutional

January 4, 2013
A civilian flipping off a police officer can't be cause for a vehicle stop or arrest, a federal appellate court has ruled. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the "ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity."

High Court Shrugs Off Police Taping Ban

November 26, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court signaled its approval of citizen recording of police officers by rejecting an Illinois prosecutor's appeal for enforcement of an anti-eavesdropping law.

Do You Have a Personal Life?

November 2, 2012

Cops are being punished for activities that they participated in while off duty and while not identifying themselves as officers. So one has to ask the questions: What is an officer permitted to do off duty? Where are the red lines? And at what point do officers lose their First Amendment rights?

Deputy's Killers Post Death Photos On Billboard

September 5, 2012
A pair of Tennessee brothers who killed two law enforcers in 2006 have posted photos of their bullet-riddled corpses on billboards near the roadway leading to their farmhouse.

Gun Group Sues Honolulu Police Over Facebook Posts

August 23, 2012
A gun-advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit against the Honolulu Police Department, claiming officers infringed their First Amendment rights by deleting posts from the department's Facebook page.

Va. Court: Impersonating An Officer Is Not Protected Speech

August 15, 2012
A Virginia appellate court has ruled that the state's law against impersonating a police officer is constitutional, a ruling that countered the U.S. Supreme Court's June decision that lying about being a war hero is protected speech.

ACLU, Facebook Back Fired Deputies

August 9, 2012
The ACLU of Virginia and Facebook have thrown their support behind six former employees of the Hampton (Va.) Sheriff's Department who claim they were fired for "liking" the campaign page of the sheriff's opponent.

Calif. Deputy Filed Free Speech Suit Against Sheriff

July 17, 2012
A Trinity County (Calif.) Sheriff's deputy reprimanded by his superiors for writing letters to the editor of the community's weekly newspaper has filed a federal lawsuit against the county, its sheriff's office, and Sheriff Bruce Haney.

N.C. Police Chaplains Told To Stop Invoking Jesus

June 21, 2012
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has asked its chaplains to stop mentioning Jesus in their invocations at department events. The change, which took place about a month ago, applies to police graduations, promotions and memorials.

Maryland Settles With Pro-Life Group Over Illegal Arrests

March 8, 2012
The Maryland Board of Public Works has offered a settlement to pro-life activists who sued, claiming troopers illegally arrested protesters in 2008.
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