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SF Nudity Ban Upheld In Federal Court

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.

January 30, 2013

Court: Flipping Off Cops Is Constitutional

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."

January 4, 2013

High Court Shrugs Off Police Taping Ban

High Court Shrugs Off Police Taping Ban

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.

November 26, 2012

Deputy's Killers Post Death Photos On Billboard

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.

September 5, 2012

Gun Group Sues Honolulu Police Over Facebook Posts

Gun Group Sues Honolulu Police Over Facebook Posts

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.

August 23, 2012

Va. Court: Impersonating An Officer Is Not Protected Speech

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.

August 15, 2012

ACLU, Facebook Back Fired Deputies

ACLU, Facebook Back Fired Deputies

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.

August 9, 2012

Calif. Deputy Filed Free Speech Suit Against Sheriff

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.

July 17, 2012

N.C. Police Chaplains Told To Stop Invoking Jesus

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.

June 21, 2012

Dogfighting Game Renamed, Back on Sale

Dogfighting Game Renamed, Back on Sale

In the letter sent Thursday to Google Chief Executive Officer Larry Page, Los Angeles Police Protective League President Paul M. Weber urged Google "to do the right thing and ban this game permanently."

May 2, 2011

Arizona Deputy Fired Over Comments To Newspaper

Arizona Deputy Fired Over Comments To Newspaper

The office launched an Internal Affairs investigation into the incident on Dec. 1, which led to the termination. Babeu cited 10 violations by Puroll, including competency, truthfulness, an abusive attitude and conduct that brings discredit to the county. Puroll is appealing the decision.

January 6, 2011

Costumed Entertainers Return to Hollywood, After Court Win

Costumed Entertainers Return to Hollywood, After Court Win

The "super heroes" and other costumed characters who had become a familiar sight along Hollywood Boulevard before the LAPD swept them away in June won a federal court ruling that will allow Darth Vader, The Hulk, and Spider-Man to return.

November 22, 2010

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