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Case: Individual Employment Rights/First Amendment (D. Mass.)

Jan. 24, 2020, 10:47 PM

A detective with the Framingham Police Department in Massachusetts failed to prove that the town or its chief of police retaliated against him in violation of his First Amendment rights. The detective was investigated and suspended after making a threatening statement in a telephone call with the chief that he would “blow the place up,” but he claimed that the adverse action was taken as a result of his complaint to the FBI about the alleged mishandling of an narcotics investigation involving a confidential informant, and this was protected speech. The court found that the detective failed to show that...

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