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Governor Considers Bill that Would Subject BYU Police to Public Records Law

Legislation that would compel the Brigham Young University police to answer public records requests was passed by the Utah House of Representatives and is now under the consideration of Governor Gary Herbert.

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Supreme Court Considering When Arrests Violate First Amendment

“You can think of it,” Justice Elena Kagan said, “as a case where an individual police officer, you know, decides to arrest for jaywalking somebody wearing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-shirt or, alternatively, a ‘Make America Great Again’ cap.”

Supreme Court Bans Mandatory Fees for Public Employee Unions

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police officers, teachers, and other public employees cannot be forced to pay dues or fees to support their unions.

How To Understand First Amendment Rights for Public Employees

As a law enforcement officer, what can you say without negatively affecting yourself and your agency? 

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Public Has No Right to Record Officers on Duty

The ruling is only applicable in the Eighth Circuit, which encompasses: the Eastern District of Arkansas, the Western District of Arkansas, the Northern District of Iowa, the Southern District of Iowa, the District of Minnesota, the Eastern District of Missouri, the Western District of Missouri, the District of Nebraska, the District of North Dakota, and the District of South Dakota.

Amazon Hands Over Echo Data in AR Murder Case

Amazon agreed to hand over user data of an Amazon Echo speaker for a murder trial in Arkansas, after it spent months pushing back against a warrant for the information.

Justices Divided Over N.J. Police Officer's First Amendment Case

Heffernan was demoted to patrol officer the next day and told it was because of his "overt" involvement in a political campaign. But was it a First Amendment issue?

Georgia County Pays Woman $100K to Settle Free Speech Lawsuit Against Police

Barnes said she was riding her bike on Austell Road to get butter for her family Easter Sunday when she saw the two officers. She said she cursed at them and flipped them off, and they came after her.

Judge Favors Police Officer on '0INK' License Plate

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

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.